A safe work­place is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness

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

MANY peo­ple might think a ca­reer in res­i­den­tial con­struc­tion is one fraught with dan­ger and safety con­cerns. They would be wrong.

The pos­si­bil­ity of dan­ger and in­jury may be there, but the in­dus­try’s record in Man­i­toba has been re­mark­able and employees, em­ploy­ers and con­sumers are all ben­e­fi­cia­ries. The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion is the only home builders’ as­so­ci­a­tion out of 66 in Canada that re­quires all builder mem­bers to be COR/ SECOR cer­ti­fied as mem­ber­ship cri­te­ria. COR is na­tion­ally trade­marked and comes with rig­or­ous stan­dards in­clud­ing class­room safety cour­ses, the cre­ation of a safety man­ual with safe work pro­ce­dures and the pass­ing of both an in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal au­dit. COR/SECOR cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is man­aged and mon­i­tored by the Con­struc­tion Safety As­so­ci­a­tion of Man­i­toba, rec­og­nized as one of the finest safety as­so­ci­a­tions in Man­i­toba and, for the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, in all of Canada. CSAM is an in­valu­able source of in­for­ma­tion pro­vid­ing leg­is­la­tion in­for­ma­tion, in­for­ma­tion on new prod­ucts, safe job pro­ce­dures and how to ef­fec­tively con­duct Tool­box Talks, a reg­u­lar safety reg­i­men that should be hap­pen­ing on ev­ery con­struc­tion site. Safe Work Man­i­toba also has re­ported a marked im­prove­ment in safety in the build­ing con­struc­tion in­dus­try. In its re­cent re­port, time-loss in­jury rates went from 11 days in 2000 to 5.4 days in 2014. Con­tin­ued safe per­for­mance by those com­pa­nies that prac­tice safe work pro­ce­dures on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and dili­gently fol­low what they have learned in their train­ing has re­sulted in lower WCB pre­mi­ums. Lower pre­mi­ums mean lower prices for con­sumers. A safe work en­vi­ron­ment means that young skilled work­ers want to en­ter the in­dus­try for a ca­reer. Con­sis­tently en­sur­ing a safe work site makes one an em­ployer of choice. When look­ing for a builder for your new home, make sure your builder is COR/SECOR cer­ti­fied. You want to en­sure the work site for your new home is op­er­ated by some­one who takes pride in their work­ers, their per­for­mance and their rep­u­ta­tion. Safety is ev­ery­one’s busi­ness.

Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

RICHARD BUCHAN / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS FILES

Safe Work Man­i­toba re­ports a marked im­prove­ment in safety in the build­ing con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

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