Renaming Injured Workers

September 3, 2019

The WSIB in the Ford era has decided to stop calling injured workers "injured workers" and now calls them "persons with an injury" or "PWI", which is the acronym one will find sprinkled throughout claim files now. The law, of course, has not changed. It is still important whether the "person with an injury" is a worker or an independent operator, and whether the injury by accident arises out of an and in the course of employment (or whether the disease results from exposure at work). The connection with work continues to be a necessary element of the system.

"Injured workers" is a phrase though that carries echoes from another time, and evidently still has some potency. That time is one where collective action through unions and organizations of injured workers brought hope of better conditions for all. We will keep using it.