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Compensation boards creating skilled trades shortage


August 24, 2020
By Patrick Flannery

Our love for worker’s compensation boards continues to overflow…

I am a red seal plumber and gasfitter, and I refuse to work in my trades anymore because WCB denies all of my workplace injuries. I have made 9 claims and been denied coverage 9 times. If there is a trades shortage, then I believe it is caused by the WCB. If we are not permitted to recover from workplace injuries, then journeymen will quit their trade at an early age. Just as I have done at the age of 35. 10 years of constant agony was finally enough for me. I will not return to the trades until I see a big change in wcb’s policy. I am now back at school training towards a sustainable career.
-Thanks WCB. – The trades deserve what they get!

– Joe


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  1. Joe I have one thing to say to you ” Suck it up Buttercup”. We have had dealing with WSIB and found them to be quite fair. We are not thrilled with the paper work but find that they worked with us and we were thankful they we there for our employees. Joe you say 9 claims filed in 10 years; I think you did the industry a favour to seek work outside the trade. I have been involved in construction 50 years and yes it is hard on the body, but very rewarding to help homeowners and business owners fulfill their dreams or just peace of mind of a job done well. The shortage in the trades is not anything we can blame on any agency but on society. We have raised a soft generation.

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