Back to Article
May 7, 2008
Regina doctor says thousands not treated properly by
Regina doctor says workers with
back injuries not getting the help they need
"A Regina doctor says thousands of injured workers haven't
been treated properly by the Saskatchewan Worker's Compensation Board. . . . He
said 20,000 to 30,000 workers with back injuries have not received the
treatment they deserve over the past years. " OHS Canada,
By The Canadian Press
REGINA -- A Regina doctor says thousands of
injured workers haven't been treated properly by the Saskatchewan Worker's
Compensation Board. OHS
Dr. Ronald Katz brought up his concerns at the
board's annual meeting Tuesday.
He told the board "there is a serious
failure to meet the needs of workers with back injuries."
20,000 to 30,000 workers with back injuries have not received the treatment
they deserve over the past years.
A board official responded that it's
heard it all before and told Katz he had three minutes to tell the meeting
about one case.
WCBs are funded by employers, who are charged a
certain dollar amount that goes into an accident fund to cover lost wages and
benefits of workers injured on the job.
The money also goes towards
medical treatment and rehabilitation.
James Taphorn, an injured
worker, also wanted to raise his concerns at the meeting, but wasn't allowed.
At the door, he was handed a letter declaring he was a safety threat.
"They knew what the question was and I guess they didn't want to
The board rolled out a new campaign at its meeting to
eliminate all workplace injuries in the province.
Saskatchewan has the
second highest workplace injury rate in the country.
Copyright (c) 2008 The Canadian Press
Back to Article