The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba supports and funds research related to scientific research, or workplace innovation projects.
The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba is no longer accepting applications for funding under the Research and Workplace Innovation Program (RWIP) for 2014.
RWIP projects are funded under three (3) streams:
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 email@example.com.
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