Workplace injuries are common, avoidable, and unacceptable. The
Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada reveals how
employers and governments engage in ineffective injury prevention
efforts, intervening only when necessary to maintain standard
legitimacy. Barnetson sheds light on this faulty system, highlighting
the way in which employers create dangerous work environments yet pour
billions of dollars into compensation and treatment. Examining this
dynamic clarifies the way in which production costs are passed on to
workers in the form of workplace injuries.
Bob Barnetson is an assistant professor of labour relations at Athabasca University. He has worked for the Alberta Labour Relations Board, the Alberta Workers' Compensation Board, and the Alberta government.
Introduction 1 Part One. Employment Relationships in Canada 11 Part Two. Preventing Workplace Injury 27 Development of occupational health and safety in Canada 28 Canada's OHS system today 42 Conclusion 46 Part Three. Critique of OHS in Canada 47 Recognizing injury and hazards 48 Regulating workplace hazards 59 Conclusion 85 Part Four. Political Economy of Preventing Workplace Injury 89 Why regulate ineffectively? 89 Injury in the new economy 99 Conclusion 103 Part Five. Compensation of Workplace Injury 105 Workers' compensation in Canada 106 Injury recognition revisited 111 Conclusion 122 Part Six. Worker Benefits and Claims Management 125 Earnings-loss benefits 126 Other benefits 129 Funding workers' compensation 135 Conclusion 143 Part Seven. Managing Workers via Injury Compensation 145 Claim adjudication and administration 147 Appeals 150 Privatization and abolishment 157 Precarious employment 167 Conclusion 171 Part Eight. Conclusion 173 Notes; Select Bibliography; Index