WCB and Apprenticeship: A career cut short by Injury

Injured during Apprenticeship? Consider the WCB consequences

Meet Jake: A passionate second-year apprentice, eager to complete his training and earn the title of a full-fledged journeyman. Jake had big dreams of working on complex projects and being at the top of his field. But one day, an unforeseen accident on the job halted his journey. With injuries preventing a return to his trade, he’s left wondering about the financial implications of his accident.

Understanding Section 56 vs. Section 67

Most are familiar with Section 56, where the WCB primarily compensates based on actual earnings. However, many remain in the dark about Section 67, a provision tailored for apprentices like Jake. This section provides the potential for an adjusted compensation rate, taking into account the average earnings of a fully qualified worker in the same trade.

The Nuances of Section 67

For Jake, a budding second-year apprentice, pondering his entitlement to this adjustment is anything but straightforward. WCB primarily bases its decisions on actual data, and predicting future earnings is inherently uncertain. They question: Would Jake have successfully completed his training? In a competitive job market, would he have secured a position as a journeyman?

Let’s delve into the nuances that could impede a successful rate adjustment:

Lack of Awareness – Many apprentices, and even some WCB caseworkers, remain unaware of the potential for an adjusted rate under Section 67. Understanding one’s rights and advocacy becomes pivotal in these situations. If you don’t know about it, you can’t claim it.

Incomplete Documentation – Proper paperwork is key. The WCB might require several pieces of documentation — ranging from your apprentice status to your projected date of becoming a journeyman. Any missing link can thwart your rate adjustment.

Administrative Oversights – The WCB, like any vast organization, can sometimes overlook certain details. A missed entry or a miscommunication could leave you without your rightful compensation.

Employer Discrepancies – Disputes regarding the projected journeyman date or potential misreporting of your status at the accident time can complicate matters. Your relationship with your employer plays a crucial role in the adjustment process.

Union Involvement – Union members come under collective agreements, which can sometimes present their own set of challenges. Misinterpretations or disputes related to these agreements can also be a hurdle in your rate adjustment journey.

Date of Injury – Depending on when you were injured, you might face varying stipulations for your compensation. It’s essential to be aware of these specific timelines and how they could affect your rate.

Q&A with Blue Collar Consulting 

Q: I was injured before completing my apprenticeship. Can Blue Collar help me?
A: Without a doubt. We specialize in deciphering the intricacies of WCB compensation to ensure you receive what you rightfully deserve.

Q: Why am I compensated under Section 56 and not Section 67?
A: WCB’s default is to compensate based on actual earnings. The Section 67 adjustment, tailored for apprentices, relies on various factors. We can meticulously review your case to determine the potential for a rate adjustment under Section 67.

Q: How can I advocate for my potential as an apprentice?
A: It hinges not solely on potential but on building a robust, factual case. We guide you in compiling the necessary documentation and leverage our extensive experience to advocate compellingly on your behalf.

Why Blue Collar Consulting?

The esoteric rules and provisions of WCB policy can overwhelm even the most tenacious. And many apprentices, much like Jake, confront challenges with WCB compensation. Our mission is clear: cut through the confusion to ensure your rights are respected.

Reach Out Today

Are you grappling with uncertainties surrounding your WCB compensation? Intrigued by Section 67 and its applicability to your situation? Let’s have a conversation. Click the link below for a complimentary consultation, or send us a message right here on Facebook. Blue Collar’s commitment is unwavering: to guide, bolster, and champion your cause.

Call (780)-340-5727 to speak with our 541 Eagleson Wynd, Edmonton T6M 0Y4 team for free.
Ben Barfett

Ben Barfett

Ben Barfett, Principal and Consultant, has spent his life in the construction sector, specifically heavy civil, enviro, commercial, and energy. Having held senior roles in business development, technical advisory, and regional management, he earned his stripes in the field and in head office. Conscious of the interplay between commercial, legal, and execution aspects of construction, his business insights are informed by expertise in WCB policy and enhanced with disability-specific training.

Ben Barfett

Ben Barfett

Ben Barfett, Principal and Consultant, has spent his life in the construction sector, specifically heavy civil, enviro, commercial, and energy. Having held senior roles in business development, technical advisory, and regional management, he earned his stripes in the field and in head office. Conscious of the interplay between commercial, legal, and execution aspects of construction, his business insights are informed by expertise in WCB policy and enhanced with disability-specific training.

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