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Delays in Processing Occupational Disease Claims

07 September 2001

The union representing 170 former employees of a now closed Sarnia fiberglass plant is calling for an end to the delays in processing their compensation claims.

""Not only do these people face sickness, disease and even death every day of their lives, they face financial burdens as well,"" says Cec Makowski, Ontario Vice-President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The bulk of the claims were filed in 1998, but workers' concerns about health issues related to their employment go back to 1994.

""It's time for Owens Corning to stop delaying the process and provide information that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board requested in March 2001,"" says Makowski. The CEP has done a tremendous amount of work in preparing these claims for adjudication. Each claim required months of information gathering and research on workplace exposures and their effects as well as the linkages between the worker exposures and their occupational disease claims. The claims have been filed on behalf of those workers and their families and now its time to adjudicate these claims.

The Board needs Owens Corning to provide relevant technical and manufacturing information to enable the Board to effectively adjudicate the claims.






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