Nearly all — 96 per cent — of 3,834 injured workers in New Brunswick last year returned to work or were capable of returning to work following their rehabilitation, according to WorkSafeNB's annual report.
Injury frequency rates also continue to decline. There were 2.89 injuries per 100 full-time employees in 2014, which is a decrease from previous years. These numbers are very encouraging, but there is still work to do, said WorkSafeNB.
And New Brunswick employers pay the lowest assessment rates in Atlantic Canada.
“New Brunswickers have continued to demonstrate that a workplace is much more than the place where people come to punch a clock and do their jobs. It is a place where individual effort and group collaboration are essential to all aspects of an organization’s success, including the creation of a health and safety culture,” said Gerard Adams, WorkSafeNB's president and CEO.
In 2014, WorkSafeNB worked on many initiatives, such as a strategy for nursing home employees to reduce injuries; a risk-reduction plan for waste collection workers, who are three times more likely to be injured on the job than the average New Brunswick worker; and Safety Excellence NB, a campaign to engage New Brunswick employers in promoting workplace safety.
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