The STA has partnered with the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) to spread information on workplace safety. The goal is to lower the rate code that transportation, courier and commercial bus workers fall under, and to help promote best practices for safe workplaces.
WCB delivers workplace insurance to Saskatchewan Employers. The benefits of the insurance go to workers that have been injured at work. The existence of WCB ensures that employees injured on the job are fairly compensated without having to take legal action against employers. Compensation from WCB for your injury can take a few different forms including benefits such as wage replacement, provide after injury care and therapy to heal you so you can return to work and ongoing work with employers to make workplaces as safe as possible.
So, what is a rate code?
Employers are grouped together based on the type of work they do. The structure consists of three levels, classes, industry groups and rate codes. For example, if your primary business activity is operating a charter bus service, you would be part of the Transportation class, in industry group T4, which is part of rate code T42 – Transportation, Courier, Commercial Bus rate. The classification structure has 10 classes, 33 industry groups, and 50 rate codes.
Employers classified in the same rate code all pay the same rate to cover the cost of insurance in their rate code, this is called collective liability. Trucking companies fall into rate code T42. So, if you see something referring to T42, these are the subcategories (or subcodes) that fall under T42 classification:
- Interprovincial trucking, U.S.-based trucking
- Mail hauling, inter urban
- Local and provincial hauling, household movers, grain hauling
- Commercial bus operations including maintenance
- Messenger, courier and armoured car service, express agent, mobile escort (pilot car)
- Expediting, hot shot service
- Soft drink distribution as a business
- Urban mail service
- Cold storage
- Portable toilet rentals
- Forwarding companies and warehousing as a business
- Sundry trucking, water hauling, oil hauling outside battery
- Garbage collecting, waste disposal, septic tank cleaning, hydro blast (locate underground lines) tire collection/distribution
- Mobile steam cleaning
- Stevedoring, barging, transportation by water
- Log and pulpwood hauling
In Saskatchewan, rate code T42 (trucking) has the highest rate code out of all industries. That means that based on the frequency and severity of the injury, trucking companies in Saskatchewan pay more per payroll dollar than any other industry in Saskatchewan. This is not only a financial burden to the company, it also affects employees by leaving less money for salaries and wages. By ensuring that everyone is safe at work, and using best practices to prevent injuries, this will lead to a lower rate code, and will benefit everyone in the long run—financially, and health-wise.