Nine WorkSafe BC claims submitted by School District 60 this school year

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So far this school year, School District 60 has submitted nine WorkSafe BC claims — ranging from back injuries to slips and falls.

There are a few more incidents that have not been filed yet, and Supervisor of Safety and Custodial Services Wally Miedema estimates that the amount of cases in total is under 15.

He said icy conditions played a part in many of these claims, and called this an ‘average’ amount, considering the entire school year sees up to 20 claims on average.

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He told the School Board during yesterday’s Committee of the Whole meeting that he plans to look into more awareness training and providing more safety bulletins to promote injury prevention.

One accident had a bus driver off work for a few weeks due to back injuries stemming from an accident — and Miedema confirmed that she had returned to work.

How these incidents will factor in to WCB rates percentage-wise and cost-wise is not yet known, but Miedema said he is going to prepare a report with these numbers in the near future.

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