OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2013) - The number of disabling injuries among workers in the federal jurisdiction is steadily declining.
Disabling injuries are defined as occupational injuries that prevent an employee from reporting for work or from effectively performing all of the duties associated with his or her regular job.
"I am pleased to report that the rate of disabling injuries in federally regulated workplaces has dropped 33 percent between 2000 and 2010. Preliminary data suggest the downward trend continued in 2011," said the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister. "Fewer disabling injuries in the workplace mean fewer affected families and fewer days of work lost. By improving the well-being of workers, we can ensure Canadian workplaces continue to be efficient, innovative and productive."
Despite this decrease, each year during the winter months, the Government of Canada's Labour Program is informed of workers injuring themselves or losing their lives in workplace accidents as a result of difficult weather conditions. In industries under federal jurisdiction-such as transportation and shipping-the numbers of injuries and fatalities in the workplace increase in January, February and March.
"Our government is committed to ensuring workers return home safely at the end of their workday," said Minister Raitt. "Winter conditions can present a real danger for workers. Everyone must work together to understand workplace hazards, identify potential risks and find solutions to the issues that threaten our health and safety. It is up to each and every one of us to be vigilant and take extra precautions during the winter months."
The Labour Program develops, administers and enforces workplace legislation and regulations, such as the Canada Labour Code, which covers industrial relations, health, safety and employment standards for federally regulated workers and employers.
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