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July 9, 2008

WSIB "is broken and in dire need of repair"

"The system of workers compensation in Ontario is broken and in dire need of repair. . . ." ". . . . The WSIB reward system, experience rating and rebates, must come to an end. . . . Employers should already have safety in workplaces."

Letter to the Sarnia Observer

Sir:The system of workers compensation in Ontario is broken and in dire need of repair. A story in a Toronto paper proves this without a doubt. The WSIB seeks methods to induce compliance for an injured worker to return to work or participate in a labour market re-entry (LMR) plan while still suffering from the effects of the original injury, plus the secondary physical/ mental/psychological illnesses caused by the stress associated with dealing with the WSIB.

Employers also use their own form of intimidation and medical reports from company-paid doctors and nurses to force an injured workers return to work while still injured in order to save the employer's WSIB experience rating and rebate.

I ask myself, why do employers need to be rewarded by the WSIB for keeping a safe workplace? I would think safety in the workplace and reducing the hazards that cause accidents should be a number one priority for all workplaces.

An employer who doesn't comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, for instance, should be receiving a hefty fine from the Ministry of Labour and those that do comply don't have to worry about being fined. That in itself should be enough to ensure safe workplaces across the province. In other words employers, don't break the law and avoid fines.

The WSIB reward system, experience rating and rebates, must come to an end.

Peter Clare

Lambton Shores

http://www.theobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1106443



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