The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada by Bob BarnetsonThe Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada by Bob Barnetson

The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada

byBob Barnetson

Paperback | June 1, 2010

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Workplace injuries are common, avoidable, and unacceptable. ThePolitical Economy of Workplace Injury in Canada reveals howemployers and governments engage in ineffective injury preventionefforts, intervening only when necessary to maintain standardlegitimacy. Barnetson sheds light on this faulty system, highlightingthe way in which employers create dangerous work environments yet pourbillions of dollars into compensation and treatment. Examining thisdynamic clarifies the way in which production costs are passed on toworkers 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.
Title:The Political Economy of Workplace Injury in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926836006

ISBN - 13:9781926836003


Table of Contents

Introduction    1


Part One. Employment Relationships inCanada    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