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

    TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - City of Oshawa Mayor John Gray signed on to the
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board's (WSIB) Community Workplace Health and
Safety Charter yesterday, committing the city to eliminating workplace
injuries, illnesses and fatalities.
    "We know that successful workplace safety begins at the top," said WSIB
Chair Steve Mahoney. "That's why I'm thrilled that Mayor Gray and his council
have endorsed the Charter and committed to serve as role models for all
employers in their community. Together, we need to build a culture of
workplace health and safety in every Ontario municipality where the only
acceptable number of workplace injuries and illnesses is zero."
    On its "Road to Zero," the WSIB runs 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. By signing the Charter with
the WSIB, the City of Oshawa 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 add
their names to the growing list of Ontario cities and towns committed to safer
workplaces and communities. That list already includes Mississauga, Brampton,
Sudbury, Penetanguishene, Sault Ste. Marie, Guelph and Windsor.
    "The estimated direct and indirect costs of workplace injuries across
Ontario cost about $15 billion per year," says Mahoney. "That's money that
could be invested in communities; instead, that money is taken out of the
economy by workplace injuries - injuries that are 100% preventable."

    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, christine_arnott@wsib.on.ca

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