A groundbreaking new study by the Institute for Work & Health reports evidence that unionized construction firms in Ontario are safer than non-union firms.
Source: Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine – Protecting Construction Worker Health and Safety in Ontario, Canada: Identifying a Union Safety Effect.
For a handy reference tool that illustrates the highlights of the Union Safety Effect report, download our Safety Infographic. It’s full of facts from the study and demonstrates why Unionized Construction Works.
SAFE WORKSITES SAVE MONEY!
The average Ontario WSIB claim represents a direct cost of $19,560. Total direct and indirect costs of a lost-time injury amount to $98,000 per WSIB claim.
Source: Health & Safety Ontario Network Magazine: Don’t Fall for Fall Hazards
FULL-TIME WORKER (SAFETY) CO-CHAIR
Labour and their contractor partners set high standards for safety. Our Full-Time Worker (Safety) Co-Chair best practice makes certain that construction jobsites are safe work places. This innovative best practice ensures safety remains a top priority over the lifetime of a project – another reason why Unionized Construction Works.
The unionized construction industry invests over $40 million each year in safety, apprenticeship and skills upgrading training thereby sustaining an incredibly well-trained, safe workforce.
Source: Prism Economics & Dr. Morley Gunderson, Completion Counts: Raising Apprenticeship Completion Rates in Ontario’s Construction Industry, May 2013
Our involvement as a contractor in the owner-labour-contractor collaborative forums offered by the unionized construction industry has improved productivity and reduced risk to our projects with the adoption of best practices – like the Full-time Worker (Safety) Co-Chair – and has provided a better understanding of, and response to our clients’ needs. Chuck Gibson, Matrix North American Construction