May 19, 2020

Canadian companies look to steer clear of workplace injuries

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Adam Groff
3 min
Canadian companies look to steer clear of workplace injuries

Keeping employees and customers safe is a top priority for businesses all across Canada.

If your business wants to improve its safety standards, there are a few pointers to remember.

With workplace wellbeing in mind, here are a handful of ways to avoid injuries at your business:

Workplace injuries in Canada

Although your business puts the safety of its employees and customers first, accidents at the workplace can still happen.

In fact, according to a recent study by the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada, nearly 250,000 workplace injuries take place in the country each year.

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Of those injuries, more than 40,000 occur in the health and social service industry. Likewise, roughly 25,000 injuries take place in the Canadian construction industry. As for the retail and food/beverage industries, a whopping 35,000 injuries take place each year.

The types of injuries range from equipment-related to repetitive motion, but falls are one of the most common injuries for both employees and customers.

More than 35% of workplace injuries are due to slip and fall accidents. With numbers like this, it's more important than ever to make sure your business practices safety.

Ensure pathways are clear

As the following article looks at, the number one way your business can prevent personal injury, specifically falls, is by making sure all walkways are clear.

From wires and extension cords to uneven floor mats and fallen merchandise, clearing pathways and walkways is of the utmost importance.

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As a business owner in Canada, seasonal weather and exterior walkways are also a major concern.

During the snowy season, make sure all pathways and sidewalks around your property are shoveled and salted.

Providing safe walkways in icy weather will help your business prevent slip and fall accidents with employees and customers.

Properly train employees

If your employees use heavy machinery or anything that could cause bodily harm, then it's your business's responsibility to conduct employee training.

Whether it's a crane, power drill, or fax machine, properly teaching your employees how to use workplace equipment will ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.

Regularly conduct safety checks

Having rules in place is one thing, but making sure those rules are followed is something else entirely.

Conducting regular safety checks and making sure all office equipment and facilities are in working order will help your business maintain a safe work environment.

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Likewise, you should encourage your employees to report any unsafe work conditions to their department heads immediately.

Safety at the workplace is a team effort, especially for larger businesses with more extensive office spaces.

Have safety protocol in place

When an accident does occur, your business should have safety protocol in place.

If the accident results in a medical emergency, contacting medical personnel should be at the top of the safety protocol list.

However, for minor injuries, your business should have to protocols in place: one for employees and one for customers.

There are different steps and insurance requirements when a customer is injured as opposed to an employee. By having the right protocol on hand, your business can handle situations safely and accurately.

When it comes to workplace safety, your business and all businesses in Canada should keep the tips above in mind.

About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including workplace safety and personal injury.

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Jun 10, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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