OHS Insider Month in Review – January 2018: Saskatchewan
LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
|Workers’ Comp Filing Deadline
February 28, 2018
Jan. 1: New penalty rates for failing to pay workers’ comp premiums on time took effect:
- Annual rate: 7.25%
- Monthly rate: 0.60%.
Dec.: Reported OHS fines during the month:
|$35K||Inland Plastics Ltd.||Worker fractures forearm after getting it caught in a machine
|Failure to safeguard worker from dangerous moving parts of machinery|
|$28K||Oakwood Motors Inc. (dba Infiniti Saskatoon)||Debris tossed after a coil spring compressor malfunctions hits worker in the head||Failure to install safeguards strong enough to withstand impact of debris from machine failure and contain any debris resulting from the failure, resulting in serious injury of a worker|
Dec. 7: New legislation (Bill 116) provides 10 days of unpaid leave to workers victimized by “interpersonal violence” so they can get help or take legal action. Workers must have at least 13 weeks of service and, if the employer requests, provide evidence of the services they’re getting during leave. The law also requires employers to keep personal information about the leave confidential.
Dec. 4: Saskatchewan’s newly introduced climate change strategy aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions without resorting to a carbon tax. The plan is to develop sector-specific performance standards for facilities in oil and gas, mining and other high-emitting industries during 2018. Industries will be given implementation options, including facility improvements, buying carbon offsets and paying into a technology fund.