Upcoming courses - November 2017

Harrison O'Leary is continuing to offer courses in WCB advocacy. These courses are, as always, not for profit.  We charge enough to cover costs. Our main goal has always been to provide a place where advocates can meet and put faces to names, to share experiences and to network. Instructing these courses is always a great learning experience (and lots of fun); this is union education and we all have knowledge to share.  Lunch is included so that we can all have a chance to chat.

Here are the links to both courses. 

Occupational Disease: 3 November 2017


Duty to Accommodate and the WCB: 17 November 2017


Hurt Your Back at Work? Here’s What You Should Know

Many of the appeals we do concern back injuries that either:

  1. Aren’t accepted as arising from the work accident or work activity;
  2. Were accepted for a strain/sprain and the WCB has told the worker that it has resolved, when it has not; or
  3. Is diagnosed as a strain/sprain when it is really something more.

These situations can be complex and very confusing but it is important to act quickly to deal with them as an unappealed decision letter can mean that you will have a tough time getting anything accepted in future.

I Will Never Get Injured on the Job, or Have to Deal With the WCB

If you believe that, well, good luck to you. We hope you never will. Nobody plans to get hurt at work: to have an accident, stumble while carrying equipment, get exposed to toxic gasses or suffer a psychological trauma that scars you for the rest of your life. But if you do have the misfortune to be hurt on the job or develop an occupational disease, you WILL have to deal with the WCB (aka WorkSafeBC although they have never legally changed their name.)

Psychological Injuries on the Job: Will You Qualify For Treatment?

Psychological injuries and illness are a leading cause of absences from work in Canada. The most obvious that may come to mind when you think about this is probably post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which is the result of trauma. Most commonly we think of this illness affecting first-responders like firefighters, police, and ambulance paramedics. Certainly these folks pay a heavy price for putting themselves in the way of harm as part of their day-to-day job.