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Trucking Safety Program – Industry Action Required
Dec 16, 2014
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TO: EMPLOYERS IN THE INTER’JURISDICTIONAL TRUCKING AND CARTAGE TRUCKING WCB RATE CODES

Every year, approximately 1,100 people are injured in our industry. In addition to the very real and potentially tragic human cost to our workers, there are direct and indirect costs to our industry that are estimated to exceed $90 million annually.

The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is proposing to establish an industry’based safety program to provide relevant safety and health services targeted to the needs of our work environment. An industry based program would make it easier for employers and workers to engage in positive safety and health practices to ensure employees are safe and workplaces are productive.

The proposed program would offer training and safety program support customized to our industry, access to information and resources, and enable companies with effective safety programs to become certified and eligible for discounts on WCB premiums.  The program would be industry’led. Overseen by the MTA Board of Directors, it would be guided by a Safety Council that includes representatives from MTA members, companies that are not members, workers, representatives from SAFE Work Manitoba, and MPI.

The program would be funded through a levy on the Inter’jurisdictional Trucking and Cartage Trucking rate codes. Each employer in these rate codes would pay a levy over and above their WCB premium. This is currently estimated at 7%. Once a company achieves safety certification, it would be eligible for a discount that is currently estimated at 10%, providing a net savings.

A solid safety program not only keeps workers safe, it further reduces the costs to the business with improved productivity and opportunities for further reductions in WCB premiums. Reducing from the average to the lowest rate in the industry provides an opportunity for savings on WCB premiums of between 42’44%.

Details regarding the cost’benefit of the program as well as background on who is getting injured in our industry, results of the safety needs assessment survey, and what other associations have achieved are
available in the TRUCKING SAFETY PROGRAM PROPOSAL below.  Industry support is needed for this program to proceed. Please confirm your support by completing the available TEMPLATE LETTER OF SUPPORT  (at the link below) and submitting to SAFE Work Manitoba.

DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE  LETTER OF SUPPORT 
DOWNLOAD TRUCKING SAFETY PROGRAM PROPOSAL 
DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY OF THIS REQUEST 

For more information visit -  http://safemanitoba.com/60503

Any questions may be directed to

Terry Shaw
MTA Executive Director
(204) 632’6600,
tshaw@trucking.mb.ca

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