WSIB Enlists AMO to Join Workplace Safety Fight



    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Steve Mahoney, Chair of the Workplace Safety and
Insurance Board (WSIB), launched a new Municipal Community Workplace Health
and Safety Charter at the AMO Board meeting yesterday.
    "We know that successful workplace safety 'begins at the top'," says
Mahoney. "That's why I'm appealing to the municipal leaders to endorse the
Charter and serve as models for all employers in their communities. 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 has run several high-profile and striking
public awareness campaigns recently to help eliminate workplace injuries and
fatalities amongst Ontario workers. The Charter is the latest tool being used
in the fight. By signing the Charter with the WSIB, municipalities will be
making a public commitment to actively participate in eliminating workplace
incidents in their communities.
    "The estimated direct and indirect costs of workplace injuries cost about
$15 billion per year," says Mahoney. "That's money that could be reinvested in
their community, 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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