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Industry Classification Reports

YOUR Construction Safety Association of Manitoba has summarized key drivers of YOUR assessment rate specific to YOUR industry classification codes.

Severe injuries account for 80 per cent of claim costs within Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Manitoba’s rate model. To help reduce the number of severe incidents in Manitoba AND bring down your WCB assessment rates, CSAM has prepared these summary reports to better understand the key drivers specific to your industry classification rates. The information provided will help identify, communicate, and prevent severe incidents based on your specific industry.

All contractors in Manitoba are assigned to a WCB industry classification based on the type of work performed. Each classification is given a risk category — based on WCB claims cost trends — that is used in calculation of your WCB assessment rate. CSAM has created a summary report identifying issues and opportunities that can be explored amongst the 25 assigned industry classifications, and also provides individual summaries for each classification serviced by CSAM. The summary will identify the payroll amount, the percentage of payroll safety certified, and other relevant data that will assist in improving the human and financial costs of a workplace injury.

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The information in these reports will allow companies to do the following:

  1. Review your assigned industry classification description and identify the current risk category that WCB uses to calculate your rate.
  2. Review some of the key indicators that potentially drive claims costs and compare them to other industry classifications or to overall CSAM averages.
  3. Identify the primary causes and types of injuries within your classification based on identified severe injury claims data. A severe injury is defined as, “A subset of all injuries where the worker is off work for 60 or more days, or those injuries identified as serious injuries under Workplace Safety and Health Bulletin #119 that require the worker to miss 10 or more days of work, or fatalities.”

CSAM’s industry report classifications focus on severe injuries. In classifications where severe injuries were quite low, CSAM used timeloss injuries to identify the causes and types of injuries. For consistent comparison, CSAM uses the end of June of each year as a baseline. Claims and claims costs remain active and therefore the numbers of claims and costs are subject to ongoing minor fluctuation over time.

Employer payroll is a key variable when comparing data year over year. Employers are obligated to report their actual payroll for the previous year by April 30 of the current year, which is why you will notice a delay in providing last year’s data as a comparison. CSAM’s goal is to provide the previous years comparisons by July 1 of each year.

An employer’s specific assessment rate is identified by a calculation of numerous factors. If you would like more information on your assigned rate, we refer you to the Rate Setting Model for Class E Employers Policy or the Assessment Services Department of the WCB.

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