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2014 WCB Injury Rates

The price of oil may be dropping, but the cost of injuries in Alberta isn’t.

If you own a vehicle you have without a doubt noticed substantial change for the cost to fill your tank. For the average white collar worker the savings is a bonus, but for many blue collar workers in Alberta, 2015 is off to a rocky start as the oil pricing continues to drop, impacting employment opportunities across the province.

Many companies are now looking at ways to cut costs to deal with the shortage of work in Alberta. Labour, travel expenses, and equipment purchases are all under scrutiny. However, one expense that can get overlooked is the WCB cost of injuries.

When comparing the 2013 to 2014 WCB cost of injuries in the industrial construction and drilling oil/gas industries, the cost of one WCB Lost Time Claim rose in many injury categories.

SureHire’s Fitness-to-Work testing involves a series of medical and musculoskeletal assessments and physical testing stations designed to compare a candidate’s abilities with the physical demands of the job they are applying for. Any pre-existing injuries are documented and, when requested, provided to the employer to assist them in applying for WCB cost relief.

When times are tough, purchasing insurance against the risk of high WCB costs is never a waste of resources, an a fitness-to-work screening can be that insurance.

  • Information provided by the WCB Alberta 2013, 2014 Industry Synopsis