Kitchener-Waterloo

Former rubber industry workers claim review begins Thursday

More than 300 rubber industry workplace health and safety claims previously disallowed can register for a review this week, the WSIB says.

Claims where there is a medical diagnosis, including for cancers, to receive second look

Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board says it will review more than 300 previously disallowed health claims by Kitchener-Waterloo area rubber workers, filed between 2002-2017. (CBC Archives/CBC Newsmagazine)

More than 300 rubber industry workplace health and safety claims previously not allowed will get a review. 

The reexamination will look at claims filed between 2002 and 2017 that had previously been disallowed. 

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) said Wednesday it will receive and register "new claims associated with the rubber industry and provide information on the claims review" this week in Kitchener.

The WSIB said during that 15 year period "claims were received from people who worked in the rubber industry in the Kitchener Waterloo area at several companies for a variety of illnesses, including various types of cancer. Any new information that had not previously been submitted, as well as any other relevant information that surfaces, will be considered during the review of these claims."

"Claims where there is not a medical diagnosis will not be reviewed at this time," the agency says on its website.

Information sessions were planned Thursday and Friday at the Holiday Inn on Fairway Road South.

Speakers from the Steelworkers Union, the Ministry of Labour, the WSIB and workers' health-related agencies were scheduled. 

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