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WorkSafeBC launches ladder challenge game • Explore the safety world of ‘Rod Stickman’

WorkSafeBC launches ladder challenge game

Safety may not be a game, but British Columbia’s workers’ compensation board is getting the message out to young and new workers about the hazards of ladders at residential construction worksites with a new online game. For young workers aged 15 to 24, falls are one of the leading causes of serious injury. Working at elevated levels, including from a ladder, can result in minor sprains, strains and tears, multiple fractures — even death. Between 2004 and 2008, WorkSafeBC recorded 1,706 young worker claims for compensation related to falls from elevation. Sixteen per cent of all time-loss claims among young construction workers were falls — from ladders and other elevations.

Explore the safety world of ‘Rod Stickman’

You'll probably recognize Rod Stickman from signs all around the world. Watch his mishap-filled debut in this series of workplace safety videos on the ­Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia website. Fun, a little quirky, and packed with information (plus a cow, a bear and a monkey) the videos cover big issues in workplace safety, in an entertaining way. The WCB urges employers to use them in toolbox meetings, at joint occupational health and safety committees or to get the kids thinking about safety before they start their part-time jobs.

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