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 andÂ potentially tragic human cost to our workers, there are direct and indirect costs to our industry that areÂ estimated to exceed $90 million annually.
The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) is proposing to establish an industry’based safety program toÂ provide relevant safety and health services targeted to the needs of our work environment. An industryÂ based program would make it easier for employers and workers to engage in positive safety and healthÂ 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 toÂ information and resources, and enable companies with effective safety programs to become certified andÂ eligible for discounts on WCB premiums. Â The program would be industry’led. Overseen by the MTA Board of Directors, it would be guided by a SafetyÂ Council that includes representatives from MTA members, companies that are not members, workers,Â representatives from SAFE Work Manitoba, and MPI.
The program would be funded through a levy on the Inter’jurisdictional Trucking and Cartage Trucking rateÂ codes. Each employer in these rate codes would pay a levy over and above their WCB premium.Â This isÂ currently estimated at 7%. Once a company achieves safety certification, it would be eligible for a discountÂ 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 withÂ improved productivity and opportunities for further reductions in WCB premiums. Reducing from theÂ average to the lowest rate in the industry provides an opportunity for savings on WCB premiums of betweenÂ 42’44%.
Details regarding the cost’benefit of the program as well as background on who is getting injured in ourÂ industry, results of the safety needs assessment survey, and what other associations have achieved are
available in the TRUCKING SAFETY PROGRAM PROPOSALÂ below. Â Industry support is needed for this program to proceed. Please confirm your support by completing the available TEMPLATE LETTER OF SUPPORT Â (at the link below) and submitting to SAFE Work Manitoba.
For more information visit -Â Â http://safemanitoba.com/60503
Any questions may be directed to
MTA ExecutiveÂ Director