Category: WSIB

Ontario residents find themselves in strange and unfamiliar times. A state of emergency has been declared by the Province of Ontario to deal with the global COVID-19 pandemic. For people in the workers compensation system, this may be a particularly stressful time. After all, pain and disability don’t stop just because most offices are closing […]

The construction industry faces a lot of challenges when it comes to workplace safety. While Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer recently noted that 2019 saw some improvements over 2018 in terms of fatalities in this sector, the Ministry of Labour admits there is “high potential for injury, given the nature and conditions of the work.” Following […]

When tragedy strikes in the workplace, is it enough for governments to enact legislation and policies to discourage further injuries and fatalities or is a wider cultural change what’s really needed? Both are important, according to occupational health and safety experts and it’s the culture part that can be the hardest. A recent CBC report […]

What comes to mind when you imagine dangerous jobs? Policing or firefighting or perhaps heavy industrial factory work? What about elementary school teacher? Or farmer? Over the past few months, Ontario researchers, worker advocates and unions have been raising awareness about the unexpected dangers of certain workplaces. Elementary Schools Facing the Facts: The Escalating Crisis […]

To resolve the pressing problems of occupational disease and the difficulty sick workers have in getting compensation, one expert says that latest WSIB review won’t cut it. Jim Brophy is an adjunct professor at the University of Windsor who has been studying occupational disease for more than 30 years. In a recent interview with the […]

Imagine you are seriously hurt on the job, that you can’t return to your previous work because you now have a permanent disability. Worker’s compensation is supposed to be there to give you income security. However, in reality what often happens is that WSIB chooses a new job it says you “should be able” to […]

A new documentary released earlier this month takes an intimate look at what happens when seriously ill former workers try to get justice for the suffering they believe was caused by the very company that sustained in their city for generations. “Together with other workers and widows, these advocates are seeking justice and challenging a […]

July 2019 went down in the books as the hottest month ever recorded globally – a statistic that parallels climate trends in Canada. A recent CBC story explored the topic of sun safety in outdoor workplaces and the regulations exist to protect people who work outside in extreme heat?  As it turns out, there are […]

Last week, the province announced it is undertaking an operational review of the WSIB “to ensure workers and their families remain supported and protected in the workplace.” According to the province’s news release, the review will have the following: Financial Oversight (sustainability of the WSIB insurance fund and controls over it) Administration (effectiveness of the […]

This coming May 6 to 10th is the second annual Ontario Falls Awareness Week will take place during this week, “workplaces are encouraged to stop work for 15–30 minutes in order to have a safety talk about fall hazards specific to their work environment.” These safety talks should be tailored to each workplace’s needs, address […]