Unions keep construction workers safer, study shows

In a rigorous analysis of more than 40,000 construction firms across Ontario (which is the first of its kind in Canada), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims data showed that firms that are unionized reported 23% fewer injuries that required time off compared to their non-unionized counterparts. They were also found to be 17% less likely to experience muscle, tendon, and nerve injuries that affect mobility; and 30% less likely to suffer critical/life-threatening injuries. The new province-wide study examined injury claims between 2006 and 2012 for construction firms that employed more than 1.5 million full-time Ontario workers. It was led by Dr. Ben Amick of Toronto-based think tank the Institute for Work and Health, and funded by the Ontario Construction Secretariat which represents 25 building trade unions in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sector and their contractors. Sean Strickland, the head of the Ontario Construction Secretariat, believes that the results show the benefits from the $40 million the union invests every year in robust apprenticeships and skills training programs, and the 95 training centres which it operates in conjunction with contractors across the province.

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