Violence should not be something anyone experiences at work, but it is happening for some Saskatchewan workers.
To deal with this reality, a province-wide initiative known as the Provincial Violence Prevention Framework has been started by the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH).
Violence is the fifth most common cause of injuries in Saskatchewan workplaces, accounting for four per cent of all workplace injuries reported to the WCB.
Two people died from workplace violence last year. Another 936 claims related to violence were reported that same year.
Workers in healthcare, social services, education, hospitality, policing and corrections are the sectors that have violence as one of the top five causes of injuries to workers.
SASWH, which has been tracking and investigating these incidents in healthcare, will lead the development of the Provincial Violence Prevention Framework.
The Provincial Violence Prevention Framework includes a toolkit that will be piloted in facilities in Saskatchewan health regions. Tools include information, training, manuals, web content and videos for employers and workers. Leaders in key industries were presented this initiative at a meeting in Regina on April 27.