Managing, controlling risks crucial to provincial growth, says SCSA
The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) is welcoming the emphasis given by the provincial government on workplace safety in its Saskatchewan Growth Plan.
In a news release, the group said safety contributes to growing the skilled labour workforce through education and training on matters of risk reduction.
“While many think of provincial growth in purely economic or population related terms, it is critical to understand that strong growth can only be sustained by managing and controlling the risks that can lead to human and financial loss,” said Collin Pullar, president of the SCSA.
In particular, the group cited the mention of creating safer workplaces in the “Plan for Growth 2030” section of the plan.
“Reducing workplace injuries will lower health care and workers’ compensation costs, while improving business productivity,” it said. “To ensure better protection of Saskatchewan workers on the job, the Government of Saskatchewan will focus on reducing serious workplace injuries and fatalities, promote the importance of workplace safety and ensure workplaces are in compliance with health and safety regulations.”
The government also said that there will be a province-wide implementation of NC Smart Call, a health-care scheduling solution created to manage shift scheduling more efficiently for the Saskatchewan Health Authority.
The solution not only improves efficiency, but it also creates better work-life balance for health care providers and reduces stress levels, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority.