23% SAFER: The Union Safety Effect – Info Sheet
OCS has prepared this quick info sheet to help our industry share the positive results of this research with our partners, clients and stakeholders. This study reveals that Ontario’s unionized ICI construction industry is 23% SAFER when compared to non-union contractors. Creating safe and healthy workplaces is a core value of the unionized construction industry and this ground-breaking, scientific research confirms that union values and practices generate better health & safety outcomes.
The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) participated with the OCS to study the Union Safety Effect in construction – to determine if (and to what degree) the unionized construction industry is safer than the non-union industry. The study examined worker compensation data from Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board for close to 45,000 construction firms and 1.5 million construction workers, reporting for the period from 2006 to 2012.