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Below is our ongoing collection of citations tracking the latest news releases, media stories and blog posts on the topic of Ontario WSIB claims.

“A high proportion of injured workers in Ontario experience persistent pain for well over a year after their work-related injury. In a study that interviewed Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) lost-time claimants, a research team at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) found 70 per cent of workers said they continued to experience […]

“After a long wait, the coroner’s inquest into the death of a construction worker in Ontario in 2016 is now set to begin on October 11. … The proceedings will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of Olivier Bruneau. Bruneau, 24, died in hospital on March 23, 2016, from injuries sustained while working at […]

“Understanding the ways in which workers in precarious employment react to work injury and claims processes they see as unfair can help employers, legal representatives, physicians and others respond appropriately, according to a new study.” Article: Improving workplace injury compensation requires input from vulnerable workers Author: University of Waterloo Date: September 26, 2022

“According to numbers from the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario, there were 382 deaths in Ontario resulting from traumatic workplace incidents between 2017 and 2021, an average of 76.4 per year. As of July 31, the WSIB reported 41 deaths from traumatic workplace incidents in 2022, with industries in metal transportation equipment and furniture […]

“WSIB data suggests 15 per cent of all mental health stress-related claims are paramedics and when there’s only 12,000 paramedics in the province of Ontario out of 8-million workers, that seems like a very, very concerning number.” Article: Paramedics call for province-wide strategy amid staffing crunch Author: Casey Taylor Date: September 22, 2022

“Between 2008 and 2017, long-latency illnesses – those in which there is a long delay between exposure to a disease-causing agent and the appearance of disease symptoms – accounted for the largest proportion of allowed Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) benefit costs.” Article: Ontario launches mining inspection blitz Author: Jim Wilson Date: September 22, 2022

“Despite silica being regulate as a ‘designated substance’ under Part IV of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations, or ‘The Green Book’, since 1983, many employers and workers continue to overlook the risks. ‘You’re supposed to have a working silica plan in process to prep your workers. And many companies still don’t have […]

“Radon has long been recognized as a significant lung cancer risk to workers in underground mining. Though it can also be a significant risk in a wide range of other occupational settings ranging from construction sites and underground parking garages to elementary and secondary schools and public administration buildings. According to CAREX Canada, almost 200,000 Canadians […]

“Kevin Grocutt was one of 1,035 people in Canada who died of work-related causes in 2008, according to statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada. Since then, 945 people, on average, have died from workplace injuries or illnesses every year in this country, according to the same source. Though the exact number fluctuates up […]

“Jean Simpson says she’s already lost 30 years of her life to an occupational disease. That’s how long the Sarnia woman has been battling Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board over a claim the cancer that killed her husband Bud Simpson in late 1997 was the result of his job at the former Fiberglas Canada […]