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HOW MANY INJURED WORKERS ARE AFFECTED BY
THE FAILURE OF THE WCB SYSTEM IN CANADA?
The following is just one provincial example from the Ontario WSIB. It shows that about 70,000 injured workers claims did not receive compensation for 2005. On Table 3 (page 8) we see that in 2005, over 55,000 workers abandoned their claims for benefits under the Ontario WSIB. Another 15,000 claims were denied at the initial entitlement level.
Multiply these numbers to extrapolate for the other provinces and we have hundreds of thousands of injured workers PER YEAR across Canada whose claims have been potentially mishandled.
It doesn't say why these claims were denied and/or abandoned. How many of these were long term claims? How many were occupational diseases? How many of these injured workers gave up in desperation or because of intimidation by WSIB? How many committed suicide? These stats do not answer these questions, but they raise many more serious questions about the efficacy of the workers compensation system in Canada.
These stats also do not address the number of claims that were initially accepted, then cut off prematurely and illegally by WCBs for no reason - a practice that has been reported by injured workers.
This could potentially represent hundreds of thousands MORE injured workers.
And remember that denied or abandoned claims are not investigated to determine the workplace hazard that caused that injury. It is not unreasonable to assume from these numbers that hundreds of thousands of workplace hazards are left unaddressed in Canada. This makes it more likely that the hazard will remain and someone else will be injured by it.
From the WSIB Statistical Supplement 2005: