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Ontario Erectors Association

New OCS Study on Construction Safety Published in Journal of Environmental Health and Medicine

Ontario Construction Secretariat is pleased to announce that the research paper from the Institute for Work and Health (IWH) demonstrating a union safety effect in Ontario will be published and made available to the public in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. This paper will be the first peer-reviewed Canadian study to examine the occupational health and safety benefits of unions in Ontario’s industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction sector. 
We’re pleased to share with you a link to OCS’s press release regarding the paper’s publication, plus an infographic prepared for media and stakeholders that covers important facts learned in the study, showing for example, that unionized workers:

·         Reported 23 per cent fewer injuries requiring time off work than non-union workers;

·         Experienced a 17 per cent lower rate of musculoskeletal injuries (injuries or disorders affecting mobility, especially muscles, tendons and nerves); and

·         Reported a 29 per cent lower rate of critical injuries (injuries with the potential to place workers’ lives in jeopardy) while on the job.

OCS is pleased both about the results of the study – confirming our industry’s safety advantage — and the paper’s publication in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
To download the press release and infographic announcing the publication of the research paper, click here.