WCB Funds New Projects to Help Keep Manitoba Workers Safe, Recover From Workplace Injuries

Apr 5, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Injury prevention for youth, healthcare workers among latest initiatives

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) announced the names today of the latest funding recipients of its Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP).

This year’s grant recipients are conducting projects on:

  • preventing workplace injuries in a healthcare setting
  • rehabilitation options for workers with rotator cuff tears
  • returning to work after total knee replacements
  • comparing work disability in rural and urban healthcare workers
  • understanding young worker responses to workplace hazards
  • delivering post-secondary occupational health and safety education/training throughout the province.

The RWIP makes available $1 million each year to fund high-quality scientific research and programs that develop, implement or evaluate innovative, practical solutions for improving workplace health and safety.

Doug Sexsmith

“Through the years, the initiatives supported through the Research and Workplace Innovation Program have resulted in practical applications and new resources that have been shared with employers, workers, and the general public,” says WCB President and CEO Doug Sexsmith. “The grants help our partners in the community create innovative projects that reduce workplace injuries and disease and help injured workers recover, contributing to a strong culture of safety in Manitoba.”

The RWIP replaced the Community Initiatives and Research Program, which had been in operation since 1997. Since that time, the funding has supported 145 workplace prevention, education and training initiatives.

The RWIP is now accepting applications for 2011 grants. For more information, call Bruce Cielen at 954-4650 or visit the WCB website at http://www.wcb.mb.ca/research-and-workplace-innovation-program-0.

“Manitoba has a diverse economy which requires a variety of innovative solutions to workplace safety hazards,” says Sexsmith. “We’re looking forward to hearing from qualified applicants who have proposals with a positive impact on workplace safety and health.”

The 2010 RWIP Annual Report is available at www.wcb.mb.ca.

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is a mutual workplace injury and disability insurance agency funded by employer premiums. With a mandate to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses, the WCB is committed to building a culture of health and safety in Manitoba through the SAFE Work program and community partnerships. Workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable but should they occur, the WCB is here to help injured workers, their families and employers.

For more information contact:

Warren Preece
Director of Communications
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
(204) 954-4113
Email: [email protected]

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