The Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) and SAFE Work Manitoba (SWM) have teamed up to launch a new health and safety program: RPM Trucking Industry Safety.
In this program, the acronym RPM (generally known as "revolutions per minute"), stands for "Risk. Professionally Managed."
Manitoba's Infrastructure and Transportation Minister Steve Ashton made the announcement before a group that included the MTA, the Manitoba Workers Compensation Board and the Manitoba Trucking Safety Council.
RPM will promote health and safety practices by offering training, programs and advisory or consultancy support services. Manitoba sees about 1,100 injuries each year in the trucking sector, costing the industry roughly $90 million per year.
SWM and the development of RPM are part of the provincial government's Five-Year Plan for Injury and Illness Prevention. The plan aims to launch more industry-based safety associations, for example, The Motor Vehicle Safety Association of Manitoba, founded earlier this year.
The government in Manitoba made a commitment back in 2013 to support, acknowledge and help foster an improved network of safety associations.