LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Oct.: After last year’s 15-year low, workplace fatalities have resurged at 37. That’s the annual average and 10 more than all of 2017. And the 2018 numbers count only fatalities thru Aug. 31. Leading causes of 2018 fatalities: occupational disease (38.7%) and motor vehicle incidents/aircraft.
Saskatchewan OHS fines reported in October:
|$100K||324007 Alberta Ltd., operating as Heartland Livestock Services||Cattle worker suffers serious facial injuries after being hit in the face by a metal gate while trying to get a heifer into a holding pen||Failure to furnish and maintain safe plant systems and working environment|
|$23.8K||Lorne Tardif, operating as Elite Eavestroughing||Worker taking measurements falls from roof and is killed||Failure to provide necessary health and safety any information, instruction, training and supervision to a worker|
Oct. 1: As part of its effort to combat harassment, the Government of Sask. is asking all of its employees to take a 90-minute online Respect in the Workplace training course.
Oct. 17: The WCB is asking employers to list the following notation on the medical restrictions form they ask workers to have their doctors fill out during the return-to-work process, aka, functional abilities assessment or statement of medical restrictions form, among other common form names:
If this form is being used for a work injury at the initial visit, please bill WCB code 640.
Workers’ Compensation Rates
Oct. 16: The preliminary average rate for 2019 is $1.17 per $100 assessable payroll, 2¢ less than last year. But 57.5% of employers will actually pay more next year with only 42.5% getting a cut or the same rates. The 2019 rates complete the transition to the enhanced rate model first implemented in 2018.
Oct. 9: WCB will be using a new and, it hopes, clearer format for its payment statements that lists overpayment transactions, payment transactions with additions or deductions and other specific information pertinent to the recipient.
Oct. 30: The Assembly tabled Bill 132, aka, The Management and Reduction of Greenhouse Gases Amendment Act, to implement the province’s so called “Prairie Resilience” climate change plan. Key changes:
- GHG emissions reductions based on emissions intensity and in comparison to an established baseline
- Establishment of new Climate Change Advisory Council
- Creation of provincial technology fund
- Recognition of both performance and offset credits.