B.C. WCB now under review

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LANGLEY, B.C. — First it was the Alberta Worker’s Compensation Board (WCB) receiving an overhaul, and now the B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is reviewing that province’s board.

The BCTA is part of the WCB’s Employers’ Forum examining ways to improve the government insurance board.

The most pressing issues the BCTA is asking be addressed, is the compensation rates currently handed out. The BCTA is requesting the compensation for injured workers be reduced to 80 per cent of net earnings rather than the current 75 per cent of gross earnings. Otherwise, some workers actually bring home more money while injured than while on the job.

The BCTA is also calling on the WCB to institute a two- to three-day waiting period as a form of deductible before doling out money.

In other WCB news, the government body has agreed with the BCTA to deny an appeal to a trucker who claimed “whole body vibrations” from his truck caused a neck disorder.

The BCTA hired a medical expert to examine the issue, and concluded the trucker didn’t have a case. As a result the BCTA says the decision has saved the trucking industry millions of dollars in future assessments.

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