In 2018, there were 1,027 fatalities and 264,438 workplace injuries reported in Canada. This statistic has always stood out to me and serves as a constant reminder of how important it is to foster a culture of employee safety in Canadian workplaces. Regardless of company size, it’s pivotal for companies to ensure employees remain safe on the job. Employee well-being is crucial to any successful operation and should be integrated into every company’s vision. It’s the right thing to do for employees, but it definitely takes time, trust and effort to build. As a first step, I recommend tracking and making use of meaningful data in order to eventually bring workplace safety to the forefront of any organization. The most common data collected around workplace safety often revolves around quantity of incidents, category and frequency of accidents, injuries as well as poor health. (Source: Occupational Health & Safety Canada, 2020).
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