WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Regina – A former labourer was sentenced today in Melfort at the Court of Queen’s Bench to two and a half years in jail for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The former claimant was found guilty of filing two false claims, in addition to returning to work while in receipt of benefits. The WCB received a restitution order for the full amount of the fraud of $137,377. 76. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Details on [...]

2017-05-18T15:19:18+00:00 May 18, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Automotive & safe driving tips for Victoria Day long weekend

The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend means road trips for many Saskatchewan motorists and families. For some, the May long weekend also marks the start of the camping season. Travellers can expect increased traffic of all types of vehicles including motorcycles, recreation vehicles, plus camper trailers and boat trailers. “Planning your road travels in advance, driving safe, staying focused, and adhering to the posted speed limits will help you reach your destination safely, plus reduce your vehicle’s fuel consumption,” said Christine Niemczyk, Director of Communications with CAA Saskatchewan. Here are some other helpful tips: Automotive & Recreation Vehicle Tips: (www.caask.ca/car-care-tips) [...]

2017-05-18T13:27:01+00:00 May 18, 2017|Comments Off on Automotive & safe driving tips for Victoria Day long weekend

WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Regina – A former laborer was sentenced May 3 in Saskatoon Provincial Court for defrauding the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). The former claimant pled guilty to going back to work while still receiving income replacement. He was given a 12 month Conditional Discharge and 30 hours community service. The fraud amount has been reimbursed to the WCB. The WCB has a responsibility to safeguard the workers’ compensation system. It relies on workers, employers, and caregivers to accurately report injuries, employment activities, payroll, and medical treatment. Details on fraud are available at the WCB’s website, www.wcbsask.com. Suspected fraud can be [...]

2017-05-04T16:37:02+00:00 May 4, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Claimant Sentenced in Fraud Conviction

Workplace Violence 5th Highest Cause of Injury in Saskatchewan

Violence responsible for 4% of workplace injuries reported to WCB in 2016 936 claims reported due to violence 2 workplace deaths in 2016 due to violence REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and the Saskatchewan Association of Safe Workplaces in Health (SASWH) announced a province-wide initiative today to address workplace injuries due to violence. “Workers shouldn’t go to work and feel threatened by violence,” says Shelly McFadden, Director of Prevention at the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB). “That’s why the WCB is partnering in this violence prevention initiative.” There were 936 claims reported to the WCB due [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Apr 27, 2017|Comments Off on Workplace Violence 5th Highest Cause of Injury in Saskatchewan

WCB Releases 2016 Operating Results

- Time loss injury rate dropped to 1.86 (per 100 workers) - lowest in 64 years  - Record high number of Saskatchewan workers covered - 420,279  - Maximum Assessable Wage increased to $69,242  - 88 percent of Saskatchewan employers achieved Mission: Zero   REGINA, SK – The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s 2016 Annual Report was tabled in the provincial legislature today. Chair Gord Dobrowolsky said the WCB remains fully funded, with sufficient assets to cover the future costs of all claims in the system at December 31, 2016. “This is the guarantee made to injured workers, that benefits and programs [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Apr 12, 2017|Comments Off on WCB Releases 2016 Operating Results

Steps for Life – Walk for families of workplace tragedy on May 7

This April and May, communities across Canada will don yellow t-shirts and walk 5K to support families affected by workplace tragedy. The Steps for Life Walk is the primary fundraising event for Threads of Life. The money raised supports programs and services for families who have suffered a workplace loss. The walk brings awareness to communities about the effects of workplace tragedies and helps promote the importance of health and safety in the workplace. Enter as an individual, join a team or create your own group. It only takes 5 minutes to register and 3 minutes to get started with [...]

2017-03-29T16:09:39+00:00 Mar 29, 2017|Comments Off on Steps for Life – Walk for families of workplace tragedy on May 7

Compensation Institute’s Day Two highlights Return to Work

The annual Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) Compensation Institute wraps up later today. Over 500 participants registered for the second day of this 20th annual event, held at TCU Place in Saskatoon this year. Today’s sessions offer diverse learning opportunities, with the emphasis on return to work. Speakers from Canada, the United States and Germany speak on various aspects of return-work-programs: What you need to know to develop a return-to-work program Return-to-work barriers: Identifying, mitigating and removing hidden obstacles Evolution of return to work and disability management Understand an international perspective on effective injury prevention and return to work “For [...]

2017-03-21T08:52:25+00:00 Mar 21, 2017|Comments Off on Compensation Institute’s Day Two highlights Return to Work

20th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

2017 marks a milestone for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board’s (WCB) Compensation Institute. Over 500 participants are attending the 20th annual event at TCU Place in Saskatoon today and tomorrow. For the last 20 years, the WCB has hosted this unique educational event free of charge for the public and safety professionals around Saskatchewan. The WCB is still the only jurisdiction nationally to offer the two-day event that provides information to WCB customers on claims management, employer services and the prevention and management of workplace injuries. When the WCB started Compensation Institute in 1997, the goal was to give participants [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Mar 20, 2017|Comments Off on 20th Annual Compensation Institute Starts Today

Saskatchewan’s 2016 workplace time loss injury rate lowest in 64 years

Total injury rate drops 11.9% from 2015 • Total injury rate 5.55% • Time Loss injury rate 1.86% • 85.7% of rate codes have a lower total injury rate than in 2015 • 88% of Saskatchewan employers achieved zero injuries • Saskatchewan 3rd-highest in Canada for workplace injuries The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) officially released its 2016 injury rates. The total workplace injury rate for 2016 was 5.55 percent, an 11.9 percent drop from 2015, and a significant decrease from 2008 when the total injury rate was 10.21 percent. The Time Loss injury rate decreased from 2.07 percent to [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Mar 14, 2017|Comments Off on Saskatchewan’s 2016 workplace time loss injury rate lowest in 64 years

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to recognize psychological injury

How can people with psychological injuries such as PTSD apply for Workers’ Compensation? If a person has incurred a psychological injury through a traumatic event or series of traumatic events at work, the injured worker should submit a Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1) with the WCB as soon as possible. Workers with psychological injuries such as PTSD should take the following steps: Get medical attention if you need it. You should receive appropriate treatment from a qualified health care professional. Report the incident to your employer immediately. Have your psychologist or psychiatrist report to the WCB. Psychological injuries must be [...]

2017-05-11T20:42:26+00:00 Jan 17, 2017|Comments Off on Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act to recognize psychological injury