The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) released its 2010 Annual Report today. It was highlighted by a decrease in the time loss injury rate as the result of successful prevention efforts by the WCB, its partners, and the workers and employers of Manitoba. The WCB also released its 2011–2015 Five Year Plan.
“Ongoing injury prevention initiatives helped to decrease the time loss injury rate by 41 per cent over the past decade,” says WCB President and CEO Doug Sexsmith. “The time loss injury rate decreased to an estimated 3.3 per 100 full time workers in 2010, the lowest on record for Manitoba. This means year after year, thousands more workers are coming home safely.”
Injured workers also spent less time off the job in 2010 as a result of employers’ and workers’ focused efforts to help ensure workers return to health and meaningful work as soon as they can safely do so.
Return to work programs minimize the impact of an injury, promote recovery and manage associated costs while benefiting both workers and employers.
The success of prevention and return to health and work efforts along with continued positive investment returns in 2010 contributed to excellent financial results, which enabled the WCB to decrease the 2011 assessment rate. The WCB’s reserves increased $90 million – an outcome that exceeded financial plans. The WCB will make progress towards its reserve target throughout the course of the 2011-2015 Five Year Plan.
In 2010, the WCB continued to modernize by introducing additional technology to improve its processes and ultimately, its service. A new, electronic-based system in the assessment services area will increase efficiency, enhance the level of customer service provided and create a foundation for future online services. The WCB also continued to support Manitoba employers and workers by announcing the opening of a new WCB location in Brandon, Manitoba, in 2012.
Along with its partners at the Workplace Safety and Health Division and in the community, the WCB continued to promote injury prevention and return to health and work initiatives in 2010.
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 1-800-362-3340 Email: [email protected]