Fatal heart attack a result of job conditions?

Worker's estate claimed fatal heart attack was caused by slow treatment of earlier heart attack at work
|Canadian Employment Law Today

This instalment of You Make the Call looks at a claim for compensation benefits by the estate of a worker who died of a heart attack.

The worker was employed seasonally for an Ontario energy company for 20 years. In the summer and early fall, he worked on a barge that serviced work sites out in lakes. His duties included maintenance, docking and steering the boat. He didn’t perform heavy labour such as loading and unloading.

The worker had a family history of hyperlipidemia, a condition of elevated fats in the bloodstream, and also suffered from high blood pressure, hypertension and high cholesterol. He had also been a smoker for a period of time and after quitting, gained weight and became obese.