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Workers' Compensation Management Bureau
The Workers' Compensation Management Bureau (WCMB) works closely with you and your agency to help prevent injuries at work in the first place and to return injured workers to work as quickly as medically possible when injuries do happen. Both work-related injuries (these happen at a specific point in time, usually caused by an incident) and occupational diseases (these tend to develop over time) can have long-term effects on an employee's quality of life.

Injuries not taken care of quickly can lead to pain and even disability. Being out of work can cause financial hardship. Preventing injuries in the first place is always the best choice.

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The Workers’ Compensation Management Bureau was established in 2006 to address Montana’s rocketing workers’ compensation costs. Currently, Montana is the most expensive state in the country for workers’ compensation costs. The bureau is tasked with helping all state agencies manage their workers’ compensation claims and manage their Safety & Return to Work Programs.  We serve as the central resource for agencies in working to enhance existing safety, loss-prevention and return to work activities as well as creating access to these activities for agencies which do not currently have them in place.

For workers' compensation questions contact:
Worker's Compensation Program, Bureau Chief - Lance Zanto, (406) 444-5689

Lance graduated from University of Montana with degrees in Finance and Economics.  He has 24 years work experience in workers’ compensation, loss control, and risk manager.  He also worked for 7 years as Vice President of Operations for Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage. Lance has received several awards in his career including twice receiving the Governor’s Safety Award for Large Public and Private Employers and being voted Montana Safety Director of the Year.     
He is a past Board Member of the National Operation Lifesaver program, past board member and chairman of the Montana Motor Carriers Association, and past member of the American Trucking Association’s Safety and Loss Prevention management council. He is a past member of the WorkSafeMT board of directors.  He served a term on the Montana State Fund board of directors which included serving as board chair. He currently serves on the University system workers’ compensation board of directors, has recently been re-appointed to the State Fund Board of Directors, and is a member of Governor’s Labor Management Advisory Council. 
Lance is currently responsible for the management of State Government’s workers’ compensation program.
He enjoys boating, hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with his wife Lynn and daughters Shae and Leigh.