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Opinion | Everyone would like to retire in good health

Rubber Town — Nov. 24


The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board should accept the fact that workers who paid taxes, raised families and contributed to the wealth of the community, province and country should not be treated in a manner that essentially fails to address their fundamental right to not have their life cut short by work-related illness or injury.

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act contains a provision that allows a decision, based on the evidence and where there is some doubt, to be resolved in favour of the injured worker. Where is the fairness in not applying this right?

Workers gave up the right to sue employers for accidents and illness arising out of the workplace. We did not give up the right to be treated in a fair manner.

Employers have long benefited by paying insurance premiums to the WSIB. This prevents long, costly court battles from lawsuits for death, injury or illness arising out of the workplace. To deny benefits violates the common law concepts of being able to legally right a wrong through the courts.

Injured workers should not be ‘written off’ as though they were a piece of equipment. We deserve and should be entitled to recompense for sacrificing our health and welfare in the manufacturing process. Is this too much to ask?

Everyone would like to retire in good health. It is not good enough to sit back and allow this travesty to continue.

Article source: https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/9060360-everyone-would-like-to-retire-in-good-health/