Congratulations to Cindy Feng and Catherine Trask on funded Mitacs Grant!

Dr.Cindy Feng of the School of Public Health and Ergo Lab Director Catherine Trask have partnered successfully with the WCB Saskatchewan on a grant entitled "Modeling fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries in Saskatchewan: identifying the leading risk factors".

Workplace fatalities and injury rates in Saskatchewan are persistently high. There is evidence that social perceptions of safety are improving as a result of social marketing, but this has had no apparent effect on fatalities or injuries. It is, therefore, imperative to understand fatalities and injuries better, so that they can be addressed and ultimately prevented. For example, what proportion of claims are related to vehicle use, or long-latency illness, or acute trauma? When do fatalities/injuries occur, is there a strong seasonal component? Have there been changes over time?  Where do fatalities/injuries occur, in terms of the industrial sector?  Most importantly, is there a potential for leading indicators to help identify impending increases in fatalities/injuries, such that prevention efforts can be targeted and deployed?  The grant will address these questions, and was funded by Mitacs and partner Workers’ Compensation Board of Saskatchewan for the period 2016-2020.