the Cause of Your
Although your worker may experience pain at work,
the work itself may not be the source of their
condition; therefore, it is important for you and
your worker to understand how WCB determines workrelatedness
and workers’ compensation coverage.
Cause and effect: Causation
Causation is defined as a situation in which one event leads
to the occurrence of another. For example, the boom on a
concrete pump swings out of control and hits a worker, causing
the worker to fall and become injured.
Why it’s so important
The workers’ compensation system is funded entirely by
the premiums paid by Alberta’s employers and is intended
to cover the costs of occupational injury and illness only.
Looking at causation is one of the ways we determine the
work-relatedness of an injury.
Submitted by the Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board
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