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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, July 09, 2012

News From Outside The U.S. - Compensation After Leg Amputated Denied

The following are some of the safety news stories I ran across as I was checking world-wide news sources last week.

Australian Man Loses Appeal for Compensation After Losing A Leg In A Workplace Accident

The OHS news in Australia reports on a man who had his leg amputated just below the hip as he was sucked into a brick crusher at a brick plant in September 2010. Last week the Court of Appeal in Hobart dismissed an appeal by a man seeking worker’s compensation.

Last year the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Tribunal determined that he was entitled to workers’ compensation. However, that decision was overturned in the Supreme Court late last year when the contracting firm argued successfully that he was an independent contractor, and not a worker, therefore not entitled to workers’ compensation. He appealed against the Supreme Court decision, which was unanimously dismissed last week.

Read the story in the OHS News

"Deeming" results in injured Canadian migrant worker losing out on WSIB benefits

“Deeming” is a practice in Canada that is used to reduce or eliminate compensation to injured workers. It identifies alternative jobs available in the geographical area where the person previously worked.

This story is about a farm worker from Jamaica who was permanently injured at work in a nursery.  He was unable to do farm work again. The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) deemed that he was able to pump gas in Ontario and discontinued his benefits. However, the worker had returned to Jamaica where a job pumping gas was not possible.

The article calls deeming problematic for most permanently injured workers in Ontario. It reports that critics say it is outright unfair to apply it to migrant workers because neither those jobs nor retraining opportunities are available in their home countries.

Read the story in the Toronto Star

Pregnant miners in Canada get information about health and safety risks

What they didn’t want was a guide book that says everything in the mine is unsafe and therefore you shouldn’t be there. What they wanted was a book that explained how knowing mining hazards allows employers to modify job tasks so pregnant mine workers can continue to work.

Read this story in The Star.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting stuff from other countries. I don't understand why the man who lost his leg is not covered by worker's comp. Is it the same situation here in the U.S.? Does he have the option of buying worker's comp himself or are all independent contractors not covered? If so, it seems like a way employers can avoid paying workers comp and very unfair.

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