WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) announced it will establish a safety association to help reduce worker injury and illness in the province’s commercial transportation industry.
The Manitoba Trucking Safety Association will promote sound safety and health practices, and provide leadership in advancing a culture of safety in the trucking industry, according to MTA. It will develop and deliver safety and health training, programs and services for trucking companies.
The effort is in partnership with SAFE Work Manitoba, an organization that promotes and delivers services related to workplace injury and illness prevention
“We recognize the significant contribution that safety associations make to their industries,” said Minister of Labor and Immigration Erna Braun. “I applaud the Manitoba Trucking Association on taking this important step to enhance the safety and health of its industry members.”
Each year, about 1,100 people are injured in Manitoba’s trucking industry, creating an estimated $90 million annually in direct and indirect costs.
Terry Shaw, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association, said he is pleased that industry-specific safety programming and education will soon be available to more industry members. He noted that many businesses don’t have in-house access to the types of training and services the association will offer.
Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Injury and Illness Prevention, announced in 2013, calls for the development of more industry-based safety associations.
The Manitoba Trucking Safety Association is the second safety association to be established in the province in 20 years. In May, the Motor Vehicle Safety Association of Manitoba was created.
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