Unions linked to injury claims: Study

Finds unionized workplaces have 14 per cent lower rates of lost-time claims
By Liz Foster
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2015

Hard hat, safety harness and… a union? Employers in the construction industry might consider adding unionization to their list of health and safety requirements following a recent study from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

The Toronto-based, independent, not-for-profit research organization’s study of unionized construction workplaces in Ontario found a correlation between unionization and job-related injury claims.

The findings showed unionized construction workplaces are more likely than non-unionized ones to file job-related injury claims, but less likely to file injury claims that result in time off work.