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|10-25-2012 04:38 PM|
The dollar amounts are also lower for payouts than you'd possibly see in the lawsuits (certainly no multi million dollar payouts). But the payout amounts are equal for everyone, solely based on the injury/loss.
The system is designed to encourage the employer to not injure anybody. We're forced to pay WCB premiums for every hour a worker works. If we have a low injury stat at the end of the year we get a premium rebate, if we have a high injury stat there can even be a surcharge.
As a safety professional I'm engrained in this stuff every day, and the system shapes the way we bid/work/etc. and I can honestly say it's not a bad system.
Can't view videos on my work computer but I'm sure there's plenty of avalanche risk in that part of the world right now!
|10-25-2012 03:58 PM|
Worker X gets his arm cut off at work, he's given X amount in compensation, plus his medical costs and time off work are paid by the board.
Worker Y dies at work, and his family receives Y amount in compensation without having to get lawyers involved.
You can forefit your right to the WCB benefits and try the lawsuit route, but that must be communicated in writing to the various boards within a relatively short period of time. And if you fail with the civil suit you can't go back and get your WCB compensation.
|10-25-2012 10:52 AM|
Originally Posted by killclimbz View Post
Families are compensated for the workers death through Worksafe BC so there are no multi-million dollar lawsuits in Canada. Now if a member of the public sustains a loss due to an employers activities, there are plenty of opportinuties to sue. (i.e. if the surveyors caused an avalanche that took out some property or members of the public down from them), but that would be a civil suit methinks...
|10-25-2012 09:36 AM|
More info in this article here.
Maybe not enough snow to bury him. Unfortunately the stop at the bottom of the 300 meter cliff he was swept over caused some trauma.
|10-24-2012 06:24 PM|
Yea need more details, I guess I didn't realize they even had enough of a base setup to break away up there yet.
Surprised these guys don't have airbags or whatever working in that kind of terrain
|10-24-2012 05:31 PM|
I have no idea about their training. In the US they should have training in that regard. It is also very early season and I doubt they had a ton of snow in that area. It doesn't take much though. Threat of burial is as great at this time of year, but the threat of getting beat to death in a slide is very high. Sounds like this was the case.
I would imagine there is some hand wringing going on at the corporate office...
|10-24-2012 05:25 PM|
|jdang307||It's canada. Only the US is sue happy|
|10-24-2012 04:02 PM|
First Avalanche fatality of the Season
Unofficial Networks is reporting that a contractor was killed near Stewart BC. RIP.
Never too early to be using those avalanche eyes folks.