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“Sick rubber workers or their surviving families should have the right to sue their former employers, says the daughter of a Northern Ontario miner who has fought for years to help ailing workers in that sector. Since the original Workmen’s Compensation Act was created in 1914, Ontarians haven’t been allowed to join class action lawsuits […]

“The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW), a provincially funded not-for-profit organization, is creating a special project to deal with what’s believed to be a cluster of work-related diseases in Kitchener tied to the rubber industry.  That includes the creation of a new 1-800 number and website dedicated to helping rubber workers pursue compensation […]

“Close to 1,000 Canadians die each year because of their jobs, according to official numbers from Canada’s workers’ compensation agencies. But a new study says that figure is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true extent of work-related deaths across the country.” Article: Job-related deaths in Canada dramatically under-reported, study […]

“While the decision seen by the Star does not dispute Wardle’s experiences on the job, it says her ‘stress appears to be in response to interpersonal conflict,’ which is not covered by the board’s chronic mental stress policy.” Article: She was grabbed, endured sexual taunts and followed into the washroom. The WSIB says this wasn’t […]

“Bob DeMatteo, a retired occupational health researcher who co-wrote a recent report on the toxins once used at GE, was at the meeting and said an overhaul is essential. He said WSIB ‘mindlessly’ dismissed cases for years as a way to save compensation money.” Article: General Electric Peterborough workers’ fight for compensation ‘an uphill battle’ […]

“Leacock believes there are others like him who are sick but don’t want to file a claim for occupational disease because they feel the WSIB process is slanted against them. ‘Most are hesitant to apply for compensation because the WSIB isn’t worker-friendly,’ he said.” Article: More rubber claims come forward Author: Greg Mercer Date: January […]

“The substance was used from the 1940s until 1979. Workers were told they needed to inhale the powder before their shifts underground to help protect them from silicosis, an incurable lung disease. But since that time more miners have developed health issues, like respiratory conditions, neurological disorders and other problems. Martell continues to gather information […]

“Many public health agencies encourage doctors to prescribe painkillers less. The WSIB has taken this approach too, and has reduced the number of claims for opioids by 47 percent. The IWC says that this has lead to higher costs to individuals to pay for their therapies and stronger medication. Workers are often told to go […]

“The legacy of that exposure, their families say, has been a cluster of cancer deaths that have filled local cemeteries and obituary pages. Yet only 15 per cent, or 61, of more than 400 occupational disease claims filed on behalf of Kitchener rubber workers since 2002 have been accepted by the WSIB.” Article: Rubber Town: […]

“Rubber workers in Kitchener-Waterloo who say they suffered health issues from their jobs will have their claims reviewed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). The review will look at both cancer and non-cancer related claims of the former area rubber workers.” Article: WSIB to investigate claims of KW rubber workers Author: CBC News […]