Dec 30, 2012

Injured workers falling deeper into poverty

Photo: John Bonnar

He can't collect employment insurance or workers' compensation benefits. 

He's on the verge of selling his house. Spent $60,000 on his line of credit. $7,000 on his credit cards. And he owes a friend $3,000.

"Because the time since they cut me off and now, this eat up all my savings and my credit," said Rene Pineta, an injured worker.

Two years ago, Pineta suffered injuries to his wrists, shoulder and back in a workplace accident. 

"At this point I have no income," said Pineta. "My employer is refusing to pay me or give me my record of employment."

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