The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba supports and funds research related to scientific research, or workplace innovation projects.
The WCB supports and funds scientific research and workplace innovation projects through the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP).
The WCB has provided Prairie Research Associates Inc.(PRA), an independent research firm, with a research grant to conduct the study of the costs of workplace injuries to Manitoba workers, employers, and the economy. The goal of the study is to gain a better understanding of the full extent of these costs in the province, including both economic costs (wage loss, medical expenses) and non-economic costs (pain and suffering, quality of life). The research will also investigate the indirect costs experienced by the families of injured workers. Compared to previous studies, this research will present a more complete picture of the losses associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. The findings of this research may be used to support policies that reduce workplace injuries.
Beginning in mid November 2013, PRA will begin contacting workers to engage them in some preliminary discussions. PRA will use the discussion as the basis of a case study or story about this individual's experience with the injury and since the incident. The discussion will also be used to develop the survey questionnaire that will be administered to 3,000 injured workers in February 2014.
The focus of the qualitative interviews and survey will be on how workplace injuries have affected the physical, financial, and emotional health of injured workers and their families.
Workers' participation in this study is voluntary and confidential.
The reason the interviews and survey request the involvement of a close friend or family member is that this individual will help identify all of the impacts that the incident had on the family. Often, a close family member or friend will recall important details that might go unreported.
All information provided by interview or survey is strictly confidential and individual answers will not be singled out, nor will any record of individual responses be sent to the Workers Compensation Board.
If you have any questions about the interviews, surveys or the research project, please contact Bruce M. Cielen, Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, at 204-954-4650 or toll-free at 1-800-362-3340, extension 4650 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In summer 2013, Prism Economics and Analysis (assisted by Viewpoints Research Ltd.) is conducting an injured worker survey and a general population survey to learn the opinions and experiences of Manitobans with regards to reporting injuries to the WCB.
The WCB is committed to ensuring workplace injury claims are reported appropriately and in a timely manner. These surveys are part of a research project funded by RWIP that will provide comprehensive research and analysis of workplace injury claim suppression across the Province of Manitoba.
All information provided in either survey is strictly confidential and individual answers will not be singled out, nor will any record of individual responses be sent to the Workers Compensation Board.
If you have any questions about these surveys or the research project, please contact Bruce M. Cielen, Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program at the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba, at 204-954-4650 or toll-free at 1-800-362-3340, extension 4650 or by email at email@example.com.
The WCB thanks all applicants for their submissions. The applications are currently under review and applicants will be advised of their status in November 2013.
For background information, the following documents are available for review. Please note these documents, including application forms, will be updated for the 2014 call for applications.
The WCB supports and funds scientific research that:
Develops a stronger understanding and furthers current knowledge of workplace injuries, illness, and disease;
Identifies, prevents, treats or supports recovery from workplace injuries, illness and disease; and
Explores risk factors associated with specific industries, occupations, technology, work processes or other factors that may give rise to workplace injuries, illness and disease.
Applications for scientific research are accepted from:
The WCB supports and funds workplace projects that:
Applications for workplace innovation grants are accepted from Manitoba employers, industry associations, safety groups, unions, researchers or consultants working with employers or workers for projects conducted within a specific workplace.
Projects would not be eligible for funding if the objectives can reasonably be met through existing mechanisms in the workplace or industry.
Bruce M. Cielen
Manager, Research and Workplace Innovation Program
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3N9
Telephone: (204) 954-4650 or 1 (800) 362-3340