Injured worker charged for not reporting improvement

Worker on permanent disability benefits observed driving, working out, lifting heavy objects
By Jeffrey R. Smith
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 04/26/2012

An Ontario worker violated the province’s workers’ compensation legislation when he failed to notify the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of his improving medical condition while receiving benefits, the Ontario Court of Justice has ruled.

Douglas Koomson, 30, was working as a drywall taper for Woodbridge, Ont.-based Anco Contracting on April 17, 2007, when he fell off a scaffold. He fell between two to four feet and hit his head, suffering serious trauma. At the hospital, it was determined Koomson had suffered permanent cognitive impairment from the head trauma, as well as back, neck and shoulder injuries.

Long-term impairment and benefits