In 2007, 1 in every 53 Canadian workers was injured or harmed on the job and received workers compensation as a result. Major trauma experienced at work represents 10% of all major trauma injury hospitalizations in people aged 15-64 years old. These injuries result in a lifelong burder for the workers, their families and the health care system.
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Almost every worker, supervisor, employer and workplace in Ontario is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and regulations. Also covered are workplace owners, constructors and suppliers of equipment or materials to workplaces that are covered by the Act.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. Its main purpose is to protect workers against health and safety hazards on the job. The Act establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards, and it provides for enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily.
But the OHSA cannot protect workers alone. Individuals must also take responsibility for their own safety in the workplace so that at the end of each shift they can return home to families and loved ones safe and healthy.
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