Important Reports

Knowledge and Information for Injured Workers, by Injured Workers

Important Reports Affecting Injured Workers


I have provided this page to provide a list of important scientific, nonscientific research reports and legal reports.

Scientific reports
cary more credibility because they have been peer reviewed, which means that the basis of the report has been independently verified by another scientist. Confirming the results of the research.

Nonscientific reports
are not as credible as scientific reports, but still provide important information for understanding work injuries and their respective cause. This is especially so, in dealing with occupational diseases. Cause of workplace injuries and diseases is becoming one of the most important subjects in society,
as we look to why there are so many people contracting disease who for all intense and purposes is very healthy.

Legal Reference Papers
are slightly different than research papers, as they are used to clarify a legal principle and/or understanding of a process.

I have a considerable amount of reports/papers to post and as always, I give full credit to the authors of the reports and take no credit nor profit in any way from the reports. However, if I have published a report, which should not be.
Please inform me by e-mail and I will gladly remove the report.
Additionally, I will be providing where possible my own person summary and additional information for each report.
I will also try and obtain copies of the reports, as opposed to providing a link for you to get the report. This way you can download the report/paper directly from here and more importantly to, in effect, provide a backup copy of the report.
This is because I have noticed some good reports have disappeared over time, or it has been made harder to find the reports.

List of Important Reports/Papers Affecting Injured Workers



Medical Papers Disproving Malingering/Faking
Functional Overlay: An Illegitimate Diagnosis? - U.S.

Medical Papers Proving Degeneration is Work-related
What does degeneration mean? The use and abuse of an ambiguous word - NZ
Osteoarthritis or Osteoarthrosis:Commentary on Misuse of Terms
Lumbar disc nomenclature - North America
Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Surgeons - US - AMA

Investigation of McIntyre Powder Exposure
Investigation of McIntyre Powder Exposure - Ontario

Quality of Overall Service Reports Regarding the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe
New Directions: Report of the WCB Review 2019 - British Columbia
Workplace Injury Claim Supression: Final Report - Ontario
Workplace Injury Claim Supression: Final Report - Manitoba
Prescription Over-Ruled - Ontario
Bad Medicine - Ontario

Medical Papers Disproving Malingering/Faking


Often the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe will falsely and without any proof allege an injured worker is faking. They will then get their “special doctors” to make a so-called diagnosis and claim you are faking. Ironically, this diagnosis is not real or recognized

I will provide more papers and reports about the subject of malingering and Functional overlay and how the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe improperly use it for their gain and harm to injured workers, when I have time. Including any from the American Medical Association & the American Psychiatric Association, which are considered a globally accepted medical reference.


Functional Overlay: An Illegitimate Diagnosis? - U.S.


I found this medical paper when I was performing my own research. I learned I was diagnosed with this condition. First, the so called WSIB Doctor never told me about this diagnosis. Second. The Doctor was not even qualified to make such a diagnosis. As malingering or any other condition is considered a psychological condition and requires a specialist.



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Medical Papers Proving Degeneration is Work-related


Often the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe will intentionally and deceptively claim that an injured workers current problem is from an age-related condition. In most cases it is really because the injured worker had been performing heavy physical repetitive work, which has simply prematurely worn down the injured worker’s body. This is also known as a Repetitive Strain Injury – RSI.

I will provide more papers and reports about the subject of degeneration and how the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe improperly use it for their gain and harm to injured workers, when I have time. Including any from the American Medical Association which is considered a globally accepted medical reference.



What does degeneration mean? The use and abuse of an ambiguous word - NZ


This medical paper was provided to be by David Newberry of Injured Worker Consultants – IWC, who I am extremely grateful for him providing it to me. As like most injured workers, I had a renewed sense of the fact that I am not crazy, I am not imagining my symptoms of pain and limited mobility.
The is a medical paper which was published in a reputable medical journal. It discusses a nurse having to perform have repetitive work and the impact of being improperly diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease as being an age-related condition when it was a work-related condition.
More than likely the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe will claim the report is not form Canada, but you need to indicate it is form New Zealand with an almost identical system of healthcare and justice system. Also, most importantly it was published.



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Osteoarthritis or Osteoarthrosis:Commentary on Misuse of Terms


I found this medical paper in my research, but have not fully read and studied it yet. When I do, I will provide my comments below.



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Lumbar disc nomenclature - North America


This medical paper was also provided to be by David Newberry of Injured Worker Consultants – IWC, who I am again extremely grateful for him providing it to me. As like most injured workers, I had a renewed sense of the fact that I am not crazy, I am not imagining my symptoms of pain and limited mobility.

The following passage was also sent with the report from David:
"Here is the paragraph I often use and the argument I make from that report As is noted in the 2014 paper “Lumbar disc nomenclature, Version 2.0”, the term “degeneration” should “not compel the observer to differentiate pathological (that is, caused by something) from the normal consequences of aging.” Even more significantly, the paper goes on to say: Preceptions of what constitutes the normal aging process of the spine have been greatly influenced by postmoretem anatomical studies involving a limted number of specimens, harvested from cadavers from different age groups, with unknown past medical histories and the presumption of the absence of lumbar aging.” Put another way, the very notion that we have an idea of what effects “normal aging” has on the spine is not based on either an adequate sample size, or even on studies with controlled variables. Looking at spines from humans whose history you do not know, and assuming aging as the cause, is not sound science. "



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Prevalence of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Surgeons and Interventionalists
A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


This medical paper was yet another provided to be by David Newberry of Injured Worker Consultants – IWC, who I am again extremely grateful for him providing it to me. As like most injured workers, I had a renewed sense of the fact that I am not crazy, I am not imagining my symptoms of pain and limited mobility. Confirmed in this yet another report but from the doctors!

The following passage was also sent with the report from David:
"the most interesting take-away from the article is that doctors themselves consider degeneration to be a work related musculoskeletal disorder. It could be worth referencing in cases where degeneration is a factor, to counter the WSIB assumption that degeneration = non-work-related, and to push back against the questionable WSIAT discussion papers on the issue.”



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Investigation of McIntyre Powder Exposure and Neurological Outcomes in the Mining Master Cohort: Final Report - Ontario


This is a report that was prepared and submitted to the WSIB (Ontario WCB), by a Dr. Paul A. Demers, who is a Senior Scientist at Ontario Health (Cancer Care Ontario) and Professor at the University of Toronto.

It is important to note that the report was funded by the WSIB.

I have not fully reviewed this report, yet but when I do I will include my summary of the report here.

It should also be noted that Janice Martell who lost her dear father to this, was THE single most important driving force that pushed for the report to be commissioned. janice created the Mcintyre Powder Porject Campaign. Janice has been in the media more times than one can count, disucssing the tragic way miners were treated by their inhumane employers!
As I said to Janice the first time I met her “They are treating human beings as experimental guinea pigs, to force workers to undergo experiments, is without question a violation of the UN’s Declaration of Human Rights, never mind a violation of Provincial human rights laws or the Charter!”

To learn more about Janice’s efforts you can view her website http://www.mcintyrepowderproject.com
Also you can check out the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/mcintyrepowderproject



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Quality of Overall Service Reports Regarding the WCB/WSIB/WorkSafe

Below are reports prepared for and/or about the various WCB/WSIB/WorkSafes across Canada.

New Directions: Report of the WCB Review 2019 - British Columbia


This is a report that was prepared and submitted to the British Columbia Minister of Labour.

It is important to note that the report was funded by I do not know as of yet. I have not read the entire report.

I have not fully reviewed this report, yet but when I do I will include my summary of the report here.

The following reference was provided to be by George. Thank you George it is very improtnat I learn of such reports.
Page 9 Indigenous workers denied twice as often as non natives
Page 28 show the bonus programs for Case managers and Board Officers to knowingly deny legitimate claims.
Page 39 Case Managers Board officers not following medical evidence
Page 48 treating workers like criminals creating barriers for WCB profit
Page 48 Maladminstration hiding faxes,exfoliating files from workers.
Page 55 over 2000 complaints a year just a part of doing business.
Page 68 Worker called a loser and swore at by Case Manager
Page 70 Board officers not following medical evidence and if you don't like it appeal knowing you have no chance
Page 85 Board Managers making medical decision without see worker
Page 101 Board members pressuring Case Managers to keep the 240 bucket low, cutting off or plateau the injured to get them off the books
Page 107 Denying worker income while on treadmill of appeals
Page 115 WCAT people ruling on there own cases on next appeal
Page 118 Interest payment virtually removed since 2001
Page 131 Women denied twice as often as men
Page 139 Termination of workers for filing a claim, WCB does nothing
Page 160 Duty to Accommodate
Page 164 Voc Rehab dropped 99 percent in 2 years
Page 165 Using Deeming as a process to cut off Loss of Earnings
Page 192 Mandate Agreement between WCB and gov't Mem of Understand Arms Length Agreement
Page 206 Section 15 of Charter of Rights violated
Page 313 WCB bonus plan and Gainsharing
Page 313 Holding 10 percent for executives until Oct 2018
Page 391 Calculating Retro Benefits
Page 396 Paid interest retro based on WCB investments



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Workplace Injury Claim Supression: Final Report - Ontario


This is report was prepared for the WSIB in 2013 and was regarding the concern of employer claim supresison.
Claim supression is when an employer encourages or threatens an injured worker not to report the work accidnet and injuries to the WSIB. Since the release of the report, the law, whcih is s. 22.1 was changed to punish employers who attempt to supress workplace accidents and injury claims.

Prohibition, claim suppression
22.1 (1) No employer shall take any action, including but not limited to the prohibited actions set out in subsection (2), in respect of a worker with the intent of,
(a) discouraging or preventing the worker from filing a claim for benefits under section 22; or
(b) influencing or inducing the worker to withdraw or abandon a claim for benefits made under section 22. 2015, c. 34, Sched. 3, s. 1.

Same
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), the following actions are prohibited:

1. Dismissing or threatening to dismiss a worker.
2. Disciplining or suspending, or threatening to discipline or suspend a worker.
3. Imposing a penalty upon a worker.
4. Directly or indirectly intimidating or coercing a worker with threats, promises, persuasion or other means. 2015, c. 34, Sched. 3, s. 1.

Administrative penalty
(3) An employer who contravenes subsection (1) shall pay the prescribed amount to the Board. This payment is in addition to any penalty imposed by a court for an offence under section 155.1. 2015, c. 34, Sched. 3, s. 1.

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Sadly, the WSIB does little, if anything to enforce this seciton of law.



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Workplace Injury Claim Supression: Final Report - Manitoba


This is report was prepared for the WCB in MnaitobaSIB in 2013 and was regarding the concern of employer claim presison.
Claim supression is when an employer encourages or threatens an injured worker not to report the work accident and injuries to the WCB.



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Prescription Over-Ruled - Ontario


This is report was prepared in Co-operation by the Ontario Federal of Labour and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups.
The report discusses how the WSIB (Ontario’s WCB) completely ignores an injured worker’s doctor.



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Bad Medicine - Ontario


This is report was prepared by IAVGO and Antony Singleton disucssing the WSIB's Transformaiton of its helathcare spending for injured workers.



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