No Grounds to Transfer Injury Costs to Another Employer


A worker employed by Employer A slipped on a heave in the asphalt in the yard of Employer B, injuring his knee. His workers’ comp claim was approved and charged to Employer A’s account. But Employer A appealed, arguing that Employer B should be charged because its negligence caused the injury. The Appeals Commission rejected Employer A’s argument. Employer A didn’t investigate the scene of the worker’s incident or notify Employer B until two and a half years later, when it was too late for Employer B to conduct its own investigation. Thus, there was insufficient evidence that Employer B was negligent and so should bear the costs of the injuries, concluded the Commission [Decision No.: 2014-1109, [2015] CanLII 5714 (AB WCAC),  Feb. 4, 2015].

  • Jo Fer

    This just shows the importance of a good Claims manager. I have been involved in two claims transfers. One was a year old when I came in. Luckily My predecessor had a well written incident investigation report and i was, even though a year had passed, able to have the claim transferred. the other I caught right away. The result were that both claims were transfered. You really have to have a good report and as much information as posible.