Terry is an active researcher, speaker and commentator on workers compensation issues. Now retired, he was the Director of Corporate Planning and Development for WorkSafeBC. His responsibilities included environmental scanning, strategic planning and inter-jurisdictional comparisons.
Terry says of himself: I am a student of workers’ compensation systems. Many years ago I discovered two things about this area. First, workers’ comp and OH&S are of vital importance to people. Protecting, caring for and providing compensation to workers are important, noble and morally responsible endeavors. The second thing I learned was that no matter how much I knew about workers' comp/OH&S, there was always so much more to learn. This is an endlessly challenging area of study. My purpose, therefore, is not to lecture, but to reflect on the ideas and issues that are topical in this area... and to invite others to share in a learning experience. By adding your knowledge and insights, others with similar interests can participate in the discovery and study of this important domain.
The basic terms we use in workers' compensation have meanings, associations and connotations whether we like them or not. I received a lot of questions and comments on my last post about terms such as ... Read More
Workers' compensation is an extremely complex form of social insurance. Those who specialize in workers' compensation tend to adopt jargon as a kind of shorthand to express concepts to those in the ... Read More
A few days ago, I was at a CDC-NIOSH workshop in Washington DC on the topic of using workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health. This event was organized around six draft white papers ... Read More
The following is a post from the Archives of Terry's Blog - originally published February 6, 2012
Last week I participated in a CBC series entitled, "The Silver Ceiling". The overall series concept ... Read More
Occupational safety and health inspectorates have a challenging task. The number of workplaces far exceeds the capacity of the inspectors to visit each one. Most inspectorates manage the challenge by ... Read More
I've been keeping a list of the issues, trends and ideas that will shape the future of prevention and occupational health and safety from the perspective of loss prevention (education, consultation) and ... Read More
It was a small thing, something noticed out of the corner of my eye, but the subsequent discussion got me thinking about what was really going on in the workplace and what it says about safety culture. I ... Read More
Hard Liquor, Hard Bodies, Hard Times It is not often you hear about a workplace theft that piques your interest. It is rarer when charges related to that theft also include illegal distribution of anabolic steroids. And when the theft is ...