Nova Scotians are too passive in accepting workplace accidents are just a part of life, according to a report card issued by novaknowledge yesterday.

The document was prepared by the non-profit coalition to measure the cost of poor health and casual safety behaviour. There was no grade given but the report says “the results are troubling.”

There were 109,384 work weeks lost in 2009 because of illness or injuries, which calculates to 2,100 people missing a full year of work.

“Illness and disability will cost Nova Scotians about $4.5 billion in 2010-11, including provincial health-care costs, Workers’ Compensation assessments and health insurance premiums,” said Chris Hornberger, the research lead for novaknowledge, in a release.


The report card recommended actions for government, employers, unions, the Workers’ Compensation Board, and others.

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