Mississauga Joins the WSIB on Road to Zero Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities



    TORONTO, Dec. 12 /CNW/ - Mayor Hazel McCallion today committed Ontario's
third largest city to eliminating workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities
by signing on to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's (WSIB) Community
Workplace Health and Safety Charter.
    "Mississauga has already been recognized as Canada's safest city, based
on crime statistics from jurisdictions across the country," said Steve
Mahoney, Chair of the WSIB. "We're thrilled that Mayor McCallion and her
council are visibly demonstrating that health and safety in the workplace is
as important as crime-free streets are for their city's people and the
economic viability of their city's businesses."
    On its "Road to Zero," the WSIB is running high-profile and striking
public awareness campaigns to help eliminate workplace injuries and fatalities
in Ontario. The Charter is the WSIB's latest tool being used to increase
awareness of the importance of workplace safety to municipalities across
Ontario. By signing the Charter with the WSIB, Mississauga has made a public
commitment to actively participate in eliminating workplace injuries,
illnesses and fatalities in their community.
    Over the coming weeks and months, municipalities across Ontario will join
Brampton, Sudbury and Mississauga in making public commitments to safer
workplaces and communities.
    "The total direct and indirect costs of workplace incidents to firms
registered in the City of Mississauga was $947 million in 2006," says Mahoney.
"That's money that could be invested in the community; instead, that money is
taken out of the economy by workplace injuries - injuries that are 100%
preventable. Together, we need to build a culture of workplace health and
safety where the only acceptable number of workplace injuries and illnesses is
zero."

    Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) plays a key role in
the province's occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers
no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed
to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides
disability benefits, monitors the quality of healthcare, and assists in early
and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an
occupational disease.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Arnott, WSIB Media Relations, (416)
344-4202


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