The manufacturing industry in Nova Scotia employs approximately 25,000 people and is an important contributor to the province's economy. The industry is diverse, with companies producing a wide range of products, including seafood, aerospace components, and construction materials.
Manufacturing represents nearly 11 per cent of all serious injuries in Nova Scotia. Injuries to the back, fingers and shoulders are the most common injuries in this industry.
The following workplace hazards are common in the manufacturing industry:
- Manual materials handling
- Chemical hazards
- Machinery and equipment safety
- Noise exposure
- Musculoskeletal injuries (sprains/strains)
- Slip, trip and fall hazards
- Electrical hazards
Use the OH&S Risk Mapping Tool for injury prevention to identify and mitigate these risks.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is one of the organizations working to reduce workplace injury in the manufacturing sector.