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Kitchener takes zero path to safety

By COS staff
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The City of Kitchener was recently added to the growing listof municipal supporters of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s Road to Zero program.

The City of Kitchener was recently added to the growing listof municipal supporters of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s Road to Zero program.

City of Kitchener Mayor Carl Zehr signed on to the WSIB’sCommunity Workplace Health and Safety Charter this week at City of KitchenerCouncil Chamber, committing the city to eliminating workplace injuries,illnesses and fatalities.

"We know that successful workplace safety begins at thetop," said WSIB chair Steve Mahoney. "That's why I'm thrilled thatMayor Zehr and his council have endorsed the charter and committed to serve asrole models for all employers in their community. Together, we need to build aculture of workplace health and safety in every Ontario municipality where theonly acceptable number of workplace injuries and illnesses is zero."

On its "Road to Zero," the WSIB runs high-profileand striking public awareness campaigns to help eliminate workplace injuriesand fatalities in Ontario. The charter is the WSIB's latest tool for increasingawareness of the importance of workplace safety.

By signing the charter with the WSIB, the City of Kitchenerhas made a public commitment to actively participate in eliminating workplaceinjuries, illnesses and fatalities in their community.

Over the coming weeks and months, municipalities acrossOntario will add their names to the growing list of Ontario cities and townscommitted to safer workplaces and communities. That list already includes Mississauga,Brampton, Sudbury, Guelph, Halton, Niagara Falls and Windsor.

"The estimated direct and indirect costs of workplaceinjuries across Ontario cost about $15 billion per year," says Mahoney."That's money that could be invested in communities; instead, that moneyis taken out of the economy by workplace injuries - injuries that are 100%preventable."

Ontario's WSIB plays a key role in the province'soccupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers no-fault workplaceinsurance for employers and their workers and is committed to the prevention ofworkplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides disability benefits,monitors the quality of healthcare, and assists in early and safe return towork for workers who are injured on the job or contract an occupationaldisease.

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