Fort McMurray Wildfire and WCB Alberta Coverage

Posted in: Claims Costs,Safety | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 26, 2016

Fort McMurray Wildfire and WCB Alberta Coverage: The recent and ongoing wildfires in Northern Alberta have been devastating with far reaching effects, including Worker’s Compensation concerns for workers and employers. Should you have questions regarding any aspect of the WCB process or wish to discuss any specific issues or scenarios, please contact us directly at 1-844-377-9545 or by email at [email protected] or [email protected]. Failing to take control of your claim could result in an interruption of benefits or services resulting in unnecessary stress and frustration. The following information touches on some of the most common WCB related situations: Current Claims: If you have a current claim with either the WCB Alberta or a workers’ compensation organization in another province and have been displaced by the Alberta wildfires, you should contact your case manager or claim adjudicator as soon as possible regarding: Benefit payments – if you receive benefits by mail, provide […]

After the Alberta Wildfires: Rebuilding Fort McMurray Safely

Posted in: Safety,Workplace,Workplace Wellness | Posted by Rebecca Ingram on May 19, 2016

Image: mikeledray / Although the immediate crisis may have passed in Fort McMurray and the surrounding area, the state of emergency is far from over. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done in order to get the 80,000 evacuees safely back to their own homes or resettled into new ones, and there is a great deal of pressure to get this done as quickly as possible. The path to rebuilding these communities will be long and involved. While still monitoring hot spots and further potential wildfires, there is a vast amount of demolition, cleanup, environmental testing and repairs that will need to be done before the rebuilding can truly begin. Infrastructures such as roadways, water, sewage, gas and power systems need to be repaired or restarted. Waste management facilities need to be ready to deal with the garbage, from food left in refrigerators and freezers with […]