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WCBs Report False Workplace Injury Statistics

1.) As WCBs routinely deny legitimate claims and cut off payments prematurely, these injuries go uninvestigated. The resulting statistics grossly underestimate the REAL numbers and types of of injuries that are occurring.

2.) Experience Rating - WCB rebates, kickbacks, fee adjustments and dividends to "safe" employers create incentives for employers to hide injuries. Employees are intimidated into NOT reporting workplace hazards and injuries.


1.) As WCBs routinely deny legitimate claims and cut off payments prematurely, these injuries go uninvestigated. The resulting statistics grossly underestimate the REAL numbers and types of of injuries that are occurring.

WCBs report "Lost Time Injury" rates and other statistics for workplace injuries.

These numbers are misleading and can be used in 'creative' ways to justify certain biases.

These statistics are used:
- by WCBs to justify millions of dollars of rebates to companies while injured workers go uncompensated.
- by Statistics Canada to report workplace injury rates
- by politicians to boast about decreased injury rates (see article - "Numbers don't lie - or do they?")"

Lost Time Injury" rates are only those injuries ACCEPTED and being paid by WCB.

DR. LOUIS FRANCESCUTTI (teacher at the University of Alberta faculty of medicine and emergency room physician with a special interest in injury prevention) says "We can't have the number of injuries going down in the province as the number of fatalities goes up . . . That just doesn't make sense." Numbers don't lie - or do they? - " . . . statistics are being doctored . . ." (WCB "Doctoring" Safety Statistics).

So as WCBs routinely deny legitimate claims and cut off payments prematurely (as injured workers are reporting), these numbers can grossly underestimate the REAL numbers and types of of injuries that are occurring.

As WCBs deny legitimate injury claims, the workplace hazards that caused those injuries go uninvestigated.




2.) WCB rebates, kickbacks, fee adjustments and dividends to "safe" employers create incentives for employers to hide injuries. Employees are intimidated into NOT reporting workplace hazards and injuries.

It has been estimated that 40%–50% of work-related injuries in Canada go unreported ( The Consequences of Underreporting Workers' Compensation Claims )

". . . WSIB and labour ministry allow companies to hide dangerous workplaces . . ."

WSIB Rewarded Workplace Deaths For Years - When companies get rewarded for mistakes - Flaw in worksite safety system allows big rebates even when a death occurs

Workplace safety rebates probed - Star series prompts a sweeping review of payouts to firms where workers died

The Impact of Workers’ Compensation Experience-Rating on Discriminatory Hiring Practices - . . . most researchers have been cautious about crediting experience-rating for lowering overall actual injury rates,because experience-rating provides incentives for injury under-reporting . . . Beforeexperience-rating becomes further entrenched in the workers’ compensation system, understanding any other unintended, negative side effects remains important.. . . Like earlier studies, the results of this one should heighten concerns about theappropriateness of using experience-rating as an approach to injury prevention. - (Article originally printed in the Journal of Economic Issues; posted here by special permission of the copyright holder, the Association for Evolutionary Economics

OFL Report Exposes Employers Getting Rebates After Job Accidents - Ontario Federation of Labour releases report, the Perils of Experience Rating: Exposed! "The Report shows that . . . This practice encourages employers to mis-report and under-report accidents, to force injured workers back to work before they are medically ready, and to pay workers sick pay rather than have them receive compensation benefits. Anything goes to keep the employers claims history in good standing. "Tens of millions of dollars are drained out of the WSIB's accident fund each year by employers who have learned how to play the game of experience rating," said Samuelson. "In fact, according to the WSIB's own figures, rebates have exceeded penalties by more than half a billion dollars in the last four years alone."

System Creates Incentives for Employers to Hide Injuries Steve Mantis, the Thunder Bay based secretary for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Group, a provincial umbrella of 22 organizations, says that while workplace injuries may be going down, fatalities have been increasing.

'Safety Lottery Encourages Accident Cover-ups' - Workers' Health and Safety Not a Lottery - " . . . the new management approach to resolving health and safety problems by draw . . . . a manoeuvre that . . . has had the perverse effect of encouraging people not to declare minor accidents"

REVOKE REBATES OFL CALLS ON WSIB - "The announcement today that the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has called for a review of the flawed 'Experience Rating Programs' is good news, but it doesn't change the fact that tens of millions of dollars have been drained out of the WSIB's accident fund each year by employers who have learned how to play the game of 'experience rating'," said Wayne Samuelson, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. . . ."Experience rating reduces claims - not injuries," Samuelson said."



The result is that Canada cannot be sure of its REAL workplace safety status!


Without accurate statistics, workplace safety cannot be realistically addressed.


"It is absolutely dangerous to have a perception put out there by a minister that safety is moving in the right direction when it is not," said Martin. "You know the old saying: statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics." - Ray Martin, NDP MP
Quoted in "Numbers don't lie - or do they?"



Related:

". . . WSIB and labour ministry allow companies to hide dangerous workplaces . . ."

WCB "Doctoring" Safety Statistics - DR. LOUIS FRANCESCUTTI (teacher at the University of Alberta faculty of medicine and emergency room physician with a special interest in injury prevention) - " . . . statistics are being doctored . . ."

The Consequences of Underreporting Workers' Compensation Claims - It has been estimated that 40%–50% of work-related injuries in Canada go unreported

Workers Compensation Disagrees With StatsCan Workplace Injury Statistics - Statistics Canada reports that New Brunswick workers are most likely to be injured on the job - yet "Mary Tucker of the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission said its numbers show the opposite."

System Creates Incentives for Employers to Hide Injuries - “ . . . there are strategies employed in the workplace to keep people from making Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims . . . What I’m seeing is that there is a greater and greater disparity between what’s really happening in the workplace and what’s being reported in (the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) . . . That is a system creating incentives for employers to hide injuries.”

'Safety Lottery Encourages Accident Cover-ups' - Workers' Health and Safety Not a Lottery - " . . . the new management approach to resolving health and safety problems by draw . . . . a manoeuvre that . . . has had the perverse effect of encouraging people not to declare minor accidents"

FIVE DEATHS A DAY - Workplace deaths on the rise in Canada (WCB's statistics flawed - underestimate incidence of injury and death)

Numbers don't lie - or do they? - "We can't have the number of injuries going down in the province as the number of fatalities goes up . . . That just doesn't make sense."

(USA) Video EXPOSÉ on False Workplace Injury Statistics in the US - Bill Moyers' 'THE JOURNAL


 

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