In one WSIB case study, an employee received approximately two years of benefits from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and a permanent impairment award of more than CA$400,000, reports EmComp Professional. On the weekend before his first day at work, the employee drove between his home and job site and struck a moose. The accident occurred in the course of his employment. In another case study, a deceased truck driver's heirs received over CA$900,000 in WSIB benefits.
The truck driver had pulled his tractor-trailer onto the road shoulder to check his load when another vehicle struck and killed him, explains EmComp Professional. The issue before the WSIB was whether the driver was an employee or an owner. EmComp obtained enough information from the deceased driver's family, accountant and insurer to prove to the WSIB that the driver was an employee when the accident occurred. The WSIB awarded benefits to the deceased driver's dependents, survivor benefits to his widow and funeral expense payments.
In 1997, Canada's Workplace Safety and Insurance Act established the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, formerly the Workers' Compensation Board, according to the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Under the Act, the mission of the WSIB is to reduce occupational diseases and injuries in the workplace and promote workplace safety and health.