March 28, 2014
and still in effect
Sections 17.1 and 17.2 of the Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act) address injuries that, for firefighters, are presumed to be work-related under certain circumstances. These injuries include cardiac arrests that occur within 24 hours of an emergency response and specific primary site cancers.
The presumption under the Act allows the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) to provide compensation benefits to firefighters for these types of work-related injuries without having to determine work-relatedness under YWCHSB policy EN-01, "Arising out of and In the course of Employment."
This gives YWCHSB the ability to expedite a firefighter’s claim, in recognition of the highly hazardous work firefighters do to help and protect others.
The purpose of this policy is to clarify under what circumstances injuries to firefighters will be presumed to be work-related, in accordance with sections 17.1 and 17.2 of the Act and to clarify how a claim for compensation will be adjudicated if the conditions required for the presumption are not met.