There were 627 serious injuries in the manufacturing sector in Nova Scotia in 2017.
Manufacturing represents nearly 11 per cent of all serious injuries in Nova Scotia. Injuries to the back, fingers and shoulders are the most common type of injuries in this industry.
While there are still too many people being hurt on the job in manufacturing, there has been considerable improvement in recent years.
The number of lost time injuries has dropped by 658 since 2006 or an improvement of nearly 49 per cent. And as Nova Scotia sits on the precipice of increased manufacturing activity in the coming years with the shipbuilding contracts, the importance of safety in the sector has perhaps never been greater.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters is one of the organizations working to reduce workplace injury in the manufacturing sector.