City employees lose fewer work days to injury

There has been a large drop in the number of work days lost due to injury among Sudbury municipal employees over the last few years, the city says.

82 per cent drop in lost work days so far this year compared to 2009

There has been a large drop in the number of work days lost due to injury among Sudbury municipal employees over the last few years, the city says.

In 2009, workplace injuries accounted for 1,100 lost work days at the City of Greater Sudbury. So far this year, that number is around 200, a drop of about 82 per cent.

Greater Sudbury Human Resources Director Kevin Fowke says a big reason is modified work — finding tasks injured workers can still do.

"You get hurt at work today and your boss says I've got something for you tomorrow,” he said. “If you're capable of doing X, you come in and do X. Then we don't lose a work day."

However, Fowke says modified work arrangements don't work as well in some Sudbury city departments, such as transit, where most jobs involve driving a bus.

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