Identifying relevant OHS leading indicators in Manitoba's construction sector

Reasons for the study

The Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (CSAM) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are collaborating on a project that aims to identify relevant leading indicators of injury and illness in the construction sector. Having a set of tools that CSAM and occupational health and safety (OHS) leaders can use will potentially improve OHS management practices, impact workplace hazard reduction, and improve worker health and safety. The data will be used to develop evidence-based organizational benchmarking reports and to build a dashboard that will allow firms to manage and improve their occupational health and safety (OHS) metrics over time.

Objectives of the study

  • To examine the reliability and validity of three existing leading indicator measures: the Organizational Policies and Practices Questionnaire (OPPQ), the IWH-Organizational Performance Metric (IWH-OPM) and the Joint Health and Safety Committee Functioning (JHSC) measure
  • To examine the relationships between workers’ compensation claims rates and organizational and management metrics
  • To develop evidence-based benchmarks representative of all employers in the construction sector in Manitoba to support the dissemination of benchmarking information to all participating organizations

Anticipated results/impact

The benchmarking reports and dashboard will contribute to a new conversation about best practices in OHS performance in Manitoba’s construction sector, ideally leading to a significant shift in the health and safety culture of construction businesses in the province.

Project status


Research team

Ben Amick, Institute for Work & Health (PI)
Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health
Jonathan Fan, Institute for Work & Health
Sara Macdonald, Institute for Work & Health
Chris McLeod, Institute for Work & Health
Colette Severin, Institute for Work & Health
Mike Jones, Construction Safety Association of Manitoba (PI)

Participating organizations

Construction Safety Association of Manitoba

Funded by

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba