WCB Annual General Meeting

WCB Annual General Meeting Total injury rate dropped to 5.25 (per 100 workers) Time loss injury rate remained the same at 1.86 (per 100 workers) 88 per cent of Saskatchewan employers achieved Mission: Zero REGINA, SK – Today the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) held its Annual General Meeting in Saskatoon and in Regina on Thursday, May 3. WCB CEO Peter Federko shared the 2017 financial and operating results with Saskatchewan workers, employers and partners. “The WCB maintains a solid financial position at year end and we remain financially stable and fully funded at December 31, 2017,” said Federko. “The [...]

2018-05-02T15:25:52+00:00 May 2, 2018|Comments Off on WCB Annual General Meeting

WCB releases 2017 operating results

WCB releases 2017 operating results WCB remains fully funded at 117.8 per cent Record number of Saskatchewan workers covered – 423,527 Time loss injury rate remains constant at 1.86 88 per cent of Saskatchewan employers achieved Mission: Zero REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2017 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky said the report indicates that the WCB remains fully funded and able to cover the future costs of all claims in the system. “As Saskatchewan’s labour force continues to grow, it remains important for us to maintain a solid funding [...]

2018-03-27T15:31:23+00:00 Mar 27, 2018|Comments Off on WCB releases 2017 operating results

Compensation Institute’s second day focuses on violence prevention and mentally healthy workplaces

Compensation Institute’s second day focuses on violence prevention and mentally healthy workplaces Regina, SK – Key elements of a violence prevention program, creating mentally healthy workplaces and understanding asbestos are three prominent issues facing workplaces today. To help address these issues, those topics are featured on the second and final day of the 21st annual Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) Compensation Institute. “To ensure workers and employers can adapt to the latest workplace health and safety challenges, we are bringing in world class speakers to provide relevant and timely information on pressing issues,” said WCB CEO Peter Federko. “Workplace violence, [...]

2018-03-20T09:21:35+00:00 Mar 20, 2018|Comments Off on Compensation Institute’s second day focuses on violence prevention and mentally healthy workplaces

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and workplace violence

WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and workplace violence 21st annual Compensation Institute starts today Regina, SK – Today’s workplaces are changing and becoming more diverse. With these changes comes new health and safety issues and the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is working to assist on what workers and employers need to know. The WCB’s 21st annual Compensation Institute starts today at Queensbury Centre in Regina. More than 440 people will attend over the course of two days. The event features several world class guest speakers who will address current workplace health and safety issues, including cannabis, mental health [...]

2018-03-19T09:27:43+00:00 Mar 19, 2018|Comments Off on WCB event addresses cannabis, mental health and workplace violence

Canadian health and safety specialist to speak about creating mentally healthy workplaces at the WCB’s Compensation Institute

Canadian health & safety specialist to speak about creating mentally healthy workplaces at the WCB’s Compensation Institute Regina, SK – The Canadian Mental Health Association suggests one in five Canadians will personally experience a mental health problem or illness every year. The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is bringing Emma Nicolson, Occupational Health and Safety Specialist with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), to speak at the WCB’s annual Compensation Institute, March 19-20. Emma is a national specialist who provides guidance to employers and employees on workplace health and safety. She will speak on workplace factors that [...]

2018-03-12T13:44:29+00:00 Mar 12, 2018|Comments Off on Canadian health and safety specialist to speak about creating mentally healthy workplaces at the WCB’s Compensation Institute

The WCB is improving customer service with a new phone system

The WCB is improving customer service with a new phone system As the WCB continues to improve how we serve you, we are introducing a new phone system that will better equip us to answer your calls. As part of the transition to the new phone system, when you call the WCB, you may hear generic messaging instead of a personal voice. However, you can still leave a personal message to a specific person by pressing 1 or press 2 to go to the inquiry line. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to serving you.

2018-03-06T14:51:31+00:00 Mar 6, 2018|Comments Off on The WCB is improving customer service with a new phone system

President of Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence to speak at the WCB’s Compensation Institute in Regina

President of Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence to speak at the WCB’s Compensation Institute in Regina Regina, SK – Workplace injuries caused by violence are increasing in Saskatchewan and the risk of violence is a concern to employers and workers in various industries. Employers and workers want to know what they can do to eliminate the risk of workplace violence and how to stay safe at work. In 2016, violence was the fifth highest cause of workplace injury in Saskatchewan. This is why the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) is bringing Glenn French, President and CEO of the Canadian Initiative [...]

2018-03-09T16:29:14+00:00 Mar 6, 2018|Comments Off on President of Canadian Initiative on Workplace Violence to speak at the WCB’s Compensation Institute in Regina

Saskatchewan’s 2017 total workplace injury rate declines again

Saskatchewan’s 2017 total workplace injury rate declines again Total injury rate drops 5.4% from 2016, however no change in time loss injury rate 2017 total injury rate was 5.25% Time loss injury rate remains at 1.86% 57% of rate codes have a lower total injury rate than in 2016 88% of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board released its 2017 injury rates today. The total workplace injury rate for 2017 was 5.25 per cent, a 5.4 per cent drop from 2016. Since 2008, this represents an overall drop of 48.6 per cent (2008 [...]

2018-02-20T14:27:02+00:00 Feb 20, 2018|Comments Off on Saskatchewan’s 2017 total workplace injury rate declines again

WCB approves 2018 premium rates

Average premium rate drops for 11th consecutive year REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) has approved the 2018 average employer premium rate of $1.19, a decrease of four per cent from the 2017 rate of $1.24. This is the lowest rate in more than 30 years and it is the third lowest in Canada. The 2018 average rate is 42 per cent below the 15-year high of $2.05 in 2004. “Thanks to the safety focus of employers and workers, the number of workplace injuries we’re seeing in Saskatchewan continues to drop,” said WCB Chairperson Gord Dobrowolsky. “This [...]

2017-12-05T12:05:24+00:00 Dec 5, 2017|Comments Off on WCB approves 2018 premium rates

Workplace fatalities in 2017 trending slightly lower however workplace deaths in Sask. remain unacceptable

REGINA, SK – As 2017 comes to a close, the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) confirmed today that as of October 31, 22 lives have been lost in workplaces around the province. “Tragically, another 22 lives were lost this year in Saskatchewan workplaces,” said Phil Germain, Vice-President, Prevention and Employer Services. “But this is not about a number. These are fathers and mothers, sisters, brothers, parents and children whose lives have been cut short and the impact to families and their communities is forever life altering.” 2017 fatalities (as of Oct 31) in Saskatchewan: 4 Motor vehicle crash/aircraft (MVCs) 4 Traumatic 12 Occupational [...]

2017-11-23T12:25:08+00:00 Nov 23, 2017|Comments Off on Workplace fatalities in 2017 trending slightly lower however workplace deaths in Sask. remain unacceptable