The WCB Appeals Process

Posted in: Claims Costs,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 29, 2015

The WCB has just made a decision on a claim and as a worker or as an employer, you are not in agreement with the decision that was made – what can you do? The WCB has a number of different levels of appeal and use a collaborative review process as a way to resolve issues in a timely manner, here is a look into the WCB appeals process: Contact the Decision Maker The first step is to contact the WCB and discuss your concerns with the person who made the decision. They will be able to explain the rationale and considerations that went into making the decision. If you have any additional or new information that may have an impact on the decision, this is the time to provide it. Complete a Request for Review Form Following that discussion, if you still have concerns, you can request a formal […]

Is There a Time Limit to Filing a WCB Claim?

Posted in: Claims Costs,Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 21, 2015

Is there a time limit to filing a WCB claim, reporting an injury, or accident? The short answer is yes, however there are different limits that apply to workers and employers. WORKER’S RESPONSIBILITIES What is the time limit for a worker to report an accident? In Alberta, a worker must report an accident to the WCB within 24 months from the time an accident occurs or from the time they become aware of the accident. What if a worker reports an accident after the 24 month limitation? The WCB may decide not to pay compensation however, this time limit may be waived under certain circumstances. Under what circumstances will the WCB consider accepting a claim that was reported beyond the 24 month time frame? If the WCB determines that there are reasonable or justifiable grounds for the delay or if the claim is a just claim and should be allowed […]

What to Report When an Employee is Injured on the Job?

Posted in: Claims Costs,Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 15, 2015

An employee is injured on the job, as an employer what are you responsible for and why does it matter? According to the Workers’ Compensation Act of Alberta, an employer has certain obligations when dealing with a work-related accident, such as providing first aid treatment at the scene of the accident, providing and paying the cost of transport to an appropriate medical facility if necessary, paying the worker their full wages for the day of accident and reporting the injury to the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) within 72 hours of the accident.Although these responsibilities are legislated, there are real benefits for complying with them that can have a positive impact on managing claims and claims costs. Here is a look at what to report when an employee is injured on the job: MEDICAL REPORTING Arranging for first aid treatment and transporting a worker to hospital may seem intuitive but having […]

Back Injuries: The Leading Cause of WCB Claims

Posted in: Safety,Workplace | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 6, 2015

Lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, throwing, catching, twisting, reaching, stumbling, falling – it is virtually an endless list of the ways in which you can strain, sprain or injure your back. Whether it’s on the job or away from the workplace, whether it is a workers’ compensation claim, insurance claim or just a period of recovery, the cost of back injuries to employers is enormous, and it has become the leading cause of WCB claims. It is not just paying out sick time, absorbing the cost of workers’ compensation claims or the cost of accommodating an employee on modified duties, there is the loss in productivity, wages for extra help or temporary workers hired to meet deadlines or service standards and reorganizing procedures and staffing to fill the gap created by an injured worker that contribute to the impact back injuries have on society and the economy. According to the WCB […]

Ergonomics: Is It the Right ‘Fit’?

Posted in: Safety,Workplace,workplace wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on October 1, 2015

October is Global Ergonomics Month Global Ergonomics Month (GEM) is an international outreach campaign designed to promote the awareness and application of ergonomics to improve efficiency, productivity, health, safety and comfort not only in the workplace but in all aspects of daily living. Awareness of ergonomics has been increasing greatly over the past two decades and has been a topic of discussion for government departments, workers’ compensation boards and workplaces both private and public. What is Ergonomics? Ergonomics (or human factors) is the science of understanding how humans interact with other elements of their environment and the impact it has on their well-being and overall performance. It is based on the concept that if the ‘fit’ between the user, their capabilities, their limitations, the equipment necessary to complete the task and the environment in which they must operate is optimized, it will maximize the potential for the best possible outcome. […]