Canadian Contractor

Patrick Flannery   

Compensation boards creating skilled trades shortage

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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