Date and time: Thursday April 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT
Description: What are COVID-19’s impacts on maritime workers and what impact could this have on the capacity of seafarers to return to work after injury and illness? Do differences in work disability duration by interjurisdictional claim status vary by industry and jurisdictional context? What factors influence return-to-work of mobile workers in British Columbia?
These are just some of the questions that will be examined at this webinar hosted by the Policy and Practice in Return to Work after a work injury: Challenging Circumstances and Innovative Solutions research program. Join Dr. Desai Shan and Dr. Robert MacPherson, as they share the results of their respective research.
Dr. Barbara Neis, Professor, Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
COVID-19’s impact on maritime workers and its potential impact on return-to-work
Dr. Desai Shan, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Description: The COVID-19 outbreak has changed the world of work. But maritime transport is still recognized as an essential business and cannot be paused. Since the onset of the pandemic, most governments, including Canadian governments, have imposed restrictions on seafarers such as restrictions on shore leaves and crew exchanges. The restrictions related to COVID-19 have led to a crisis of occupational health and safety (OHS) in the maritime sector, which may also negatively impact the capacity of seafarers to return to work after injury and illness. This presentation will explain the OHS challenges faced by international and Canadian seafarers during the pandemic and the potential impact of these challenges on their return-to-work abilities.
Do differences in work disability duration by interjurisdictional claim status vary by industry and jurisdictional context?
Dr. Robert Macpherson, Research Associate, Partnership for Work, Health and Safety, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Description: Interjurisdictional workers are known to experience longer work disability duration than their within-jurisdiction counterparts. However, existing studies are limited by factors such as the types of claims represented, the origin and destination of the workers, and analyses typically looking at overall differences as opposed to industry and jurisdiction-specific differences. This presentation will examine whether differences in work disability duration by interjurisdictional claim status varies by industry and jurisdictional context by using data from six Canadian provincial workers’ compensation jurisdictions.
Links to articles that presentations will be based on:
- Desai Shan (2020) Stranded at sea in the COVID-19 pandemic. On the Move Partnership: COVID-19 and the Mobile Labour Force Series. Available at https://www.onthemovepartnership.ca/stranded-at-sea-in-the-covid-19-pandemic//
- Macpherson RA, Koehoorn M, Neis B, et al. Do differences in work disability duration by interjurisdictional claim status vary by industry and jurisdictional context?. Occupational and Environmental Medicine Published Online First: 27 January 2021. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2020-106917 https://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2021/01/26/oemed-2020-106917
These events are organized as part of the Policy and Practice in Return to Work after a Work Injury: Challenging Circumstances and Innovative Solutions research program.