Keeping young workers safe this summer

When most Nova Scotians were asked to stay home during the pandemic, many young workers went to work on the frontlines, filling the essential services roles that keep the province going.

They filled take-out orders, they checked out groceries, they worked drive-thru windows and so much more. Sadly, many of them got hurt doing it.

In 2020, 2,741 workers under the age of 25 were injured on the on job in Nova Scotia – 519 of them lost time from work because of their injuries.

Read our latest blog to find some of our best safety resources for young workers, including tip lists, safety kits, posters, videos, interactive quizzes and much more.

How did some of Nova Scotia's young workers get hurt in 2020? 

  • Splashed hot frying oil, burning face and left hand
  • Slipped on ice and fell, injured lower back
  • Frost bite from wet boots while working at a garden centre
  • Crab claw went through glove while unloading boat, skin penetrated near a ligament
  • Jumped off back of truck, knee popped out of place

COVID-19: The promise of better times is on the horizon

Just as we have done through the duration of the pandemic, Nova Scotians once again worked together to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our province, as we now find ourselves on the other side of the third wave. As restrictions ease and we look forward to as normal a summer as possible, COVID-19 is still active in our communities, and we must continue to keep each other safe. In your workplace, that means maintaining and strengthening all of the safety and public health protocols you have in place. 

For free resources, (such as posters, videos, and digital screens), safety tips for specific industries, and the latest guidelines from the Government of Nova Scotia, visit our resource hub at

And while you’re at it, it’s a good time to review all of your workplace safety programs and build on the momentum of your success.

Workplace Testing Program 

The Government of Nova Scotia is offering a COVID-19 screening (asymptomatic rapid testing) program for all workplaces in Nova Scotia as an important part of its reopening plan. Any interested business or organization is invited to participate, regardless of size.

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Together, we can reopen safely

Nova Scotia’s reopening plan is a five-phase approach to safely easing restrictions, based on ongoing progress of provincewide vaccination rates and improvements of public health and healthcare indicators like COVID-19 activity and hospitalizations. Workplaces have an important role to play. 

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What you need to know as we continue to work through COVID-19

The health and safety of our employees and those we serve remain our number one priority. Visit our websiite for updates on WCB Nova Scotia's operations, including our employer premium deferral program, work-related COVID-19 cases, prevention materials and much more.   

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Safety and Prevention Resources

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MSI Prevention Guide

In 2020, 63 per cent of all time-loss workplace injuries in Nova Scotia were musculoskeletal (sprains, strains, and other soft-tissue injuries) – most of them were completely preventable. Our MSI Prevention Guide will help you learn how to build awareness, identify hazards, assess risk, implement controls and assess the effectiveness of your action plan. You’ll soon be on your way to making your workplace safer for everyone.

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Beating the Heat this Summer

Nova Scotians have already experienced extreme heat this summer, when heat waves rippling across the country caused temperatures to feel like the high-30s with humidity over the past couple of weeks. No matter what industry you’re in, and whether you’re working inside or out, you should be taking steps to mitigate the risk of heat stress, sun exposure, and dehydration. Learn more about how to prevent heat-related illness and injury in your workplace.

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WCB Nova Scotia Operational Updates

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Injury costing Nova Scotians and their workplaces too much time from work

In 2020, people injured on the job in Nova Scotia were off work for a total of 3,131 person-years – a staggering statistic reported in the organization’s annual statistical summary. Read the summary for more results from 2020, including the overall injury rate, types of injuries, and breakdowns by industry.   

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Optimism, opportunity define WCB Nova Scotia’s 2021-2023 Strategic Priorities

WCB Nova Scotia’s 2021-2023 Strategic Priorities chart a course for new possibility and opportunity, with a clear focus on return to work and coming financial sustainability. Read more about our upcoming work in five key areas: Injury Prevention, Return to Work, Our People and their Service, Supporting System Reform and Funding our Future.  

Top 5 Best Practice Tips for Successful Return-to-Work Programs

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The time being lost to workplace injury in Nova Scotia is a call to action for workers, employers, and health care providers across the province. 

An important part of enabling a worker's success is a strong return-to-work program, or plan to help them return to productive employment as soon as it’s safe and suitable to do so. In fact, getting workers back on the job is an important part of their recovery process. As an employer or manager, your role in supporting an employee injured at work through their treatment plan is critical to their success, and ultimately, to yours. Here are the top five most important parts of a successful return-to-work program. 

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Resources for People Injured at Work

Recovery is hard work, but you're not alone. Learn more about the steps to get you Working to Well. 

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Resources for Health Care Providers 

As a health care provider, you set the wheels of recovery in motion. Learn more about your role on the return-to-work team. 

WCB Resource Spotlight: Employer Information Guide

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Where can I find my rate? How do I report subcontractors? What are the best practices to support my workers in the event of a workplace injury? 

As a WCB-covered employer (especially a new one), you may have questions from time to time. Our online Employer Information Guide covers many of the important topics and details you need to know about doing business with us, including registering, managing workplace injury, MyAccount, making payments, rate setting and much more. 

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