Kitchener-Waterloo

WSIB reverses previous denial of claims from K-W rubber workers

A Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) review has allowed compensation claims of 31 rubber workers from Kitchener-Waterloo that were previously denied. 

The review of 300 cases was launched in December

Review of WSIB rubber worker claims from Waterloo region has accepted 31 more, with 24 more still under appeal. (CBC Archives/CBC Newsmagazine)

A Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) review has allowed compensation claims of 31 rubber workers from Kitchener-Waterloo that were previously denied.

A dedicated review team, created by the WSIB last year, looked at 300 claims received between 2002 and 2017. 

The reviewers upheld the denial of 253 of those claims. "An additional 24 claims are currently in an appeals process," a statement from the board said Monday. 

In the 15 year window, workers from several rubber companies made claims regarding a litany of illnesses, including cancers. 

The review considered updated scientific research. 

In statement, the WSIB highlighted a review of occupational cancers announced by the provincial government at the start of this year. Noting that recommendations resulting from the review "would impact decisions made on cancer-related claims."

Since the review began, 174 additional claims have been filed and are proceeding through the WSIB processes.