MHBA plays key role in work­ers’ safety

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion sup­ports a cul­ture of oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health to make the prov­ince’s res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion sec­tor safer for its work­ers.

The MHBA Work­place Safety and Health Com­mit­tee, es­tab­lished in 2002, plays a key role in pro­mot­ing safety and health for its mem­bers. This com- mit­tee works with the prov­ince’s Work­place Safety and Health Di­vi­sion and the Con­struc­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­i­toba to de­velop train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion, high­light­ing safety on work sites.

In ad­di­tion to par­tic­i­pat­ing in Man­i­toba’s an­nual con­struc­tion safety con­fer­ence, the MHBA co-or­di­nates a two­day hous­ing fo­rum each year. Last year, mem­bers heard pre­sen­ta­tions on topics such as safety au­dits, loss pre­ven­tion, fire safety and H1N1 aware­ness.

The MHBA also of­fers a sub­con­trac­tor safety course that out­lines the im­por­tance of safety on site, ed­u­cates build­ing sub-contractors and trades on their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as em­ploy­ers and ex­plains how to con­duct a haz­ard as­sess­ment, in­spec­tion and tool­box talk.

Fall pro­tec­tion is one of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s most im­por­tant train­ing pro­grams. To that end, the Fall Pro­tec­tion Train­ing Cen­tre was es­tab­lished. This fa­cil­ity re­flects real-life work­ing con­di­tions and pro­vides prac­ti­cal train­ing to work­ers in the trades on us­ing fall­pro­tec­tion sys­tems.

Be­cause res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion in Man­i­toba con­tin­ues to ex­pe­ri­ence ac­tive growth, ef­fec­tive mea­sures for safety and health must be cre­ated and used on ev­ery job site. In 2008, fol­low­ing a key fo­cus of its work­place safety and health com­mit­tee, the MHBA board of di­rec­tors man­dated that all builder mem­bers must have a cer­ti­fied safety pro­gram, such as the Cer­tifi­cate of Recog­ni­tion (COR). Now, more than 70 per cent of all new homes built in Man­i­toba are con­structed by com­pa­nies that are safety cer­ti­fied.

The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion and its mem­ber builders con­tinue to pro­mote safety on the work site for the bet­ter­ment of the in­dus­try, the client and the worker. Safety is good busi­ness.

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