Investigating the Relationship between the Manitoba Construction Industry’s Disability Management Performance and its Safety Performance

There is a lack of empirical evidence relating workplace disability management to workplace health and safety in the construction industry. This study aims to address this problem by evaluating the disability management performance of the Manitoban construction industry, its safety performance and investigate the relationship between the two using lagging and quantitative indicators. To do so, the research team will review the literature to identify the specific disability and health and safety indicators to analyze and collect this data from five local general contractors of similar size, type and volume of work. The disability management indicators will be collected directly from each company whereas the health and safety indicators will be collected through liaising with the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba and the Construction Safety Association of Manitoba. A statistical analysis will be conducted to test the significance of the relationship between the different indicators. This research is expected to enable a better understanding of the relationship between improved disability management and improved safety performance, the assumption being that greater disability management goes hand in hand with improved job site safety. Should this relationship be proven, the study would be making the case for the need to better integrate disabled workers in the workplace to ultimate improve everyone’s safety and justify further investments in workplace disability management.

Principal Investigator(s): Mohamed Issa
Research Assistant (s): Rhoda Quaigrain
Funding Source(s): University of Manitoba - University Research Grants Program
Funding Amount: $7,500
Project Duration: January 2014-December 2014

Department of Civil Engineering | University of Manitoba