Workmen's Compensation Board (N.B.) v. Cullen Stevedoring Co., [1971] SCR 49

JudgeAbbott, Martland, Judson, Ritchie and Pigeon, JJ.
CourtSupreme Court of Canada
Case DateMay 04, 1970
JurisdictionCanada (Federal)
Citations[1971] SCR 49;2 NBR (2d) 435;1970 CanLII 184 (SCC);1970 CanLII 189 (SCC);[1971] SCR 413;15 DLR (3d) 60;12 DLR (3d) 421;(1970), 2 N.B.R.(2d) 435 (SCC)

WCB v. Cullen Stevedoring Co. (1970), 2 N.B.R.(2d) 435 (SCC);

    2 R.N.-B.(2e) 435

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Workmen's Compensation Board of New Brunswick v. Cullen Stevedoring Company Limited

Indexed As: Workmen's Compensation Board (N.B.) v. Cullen Stevedoring Co.

Répertorié: Workmen's Compensation Board (N.B.) v. Cullen Stevedoring Co.

Supreme Court of Canada

Abbott, Martland, Judson, Ritchie and Pigeon, JJ.

May 4, 1970.

Summary:

Résumé:

The Supreme Court of Canada reversed the New Brunswick Court of Appeal and restored the decision of the Workmen's Compensation Board which affirmed two "special" or "demerit" assessments imposed upon Cullen Stevedoring Company Limited because of higher than average claims experience during the years 1966 and 1967.

The Supreme Court of Canada held that pursuant to Section 52 of the Workmen's Compensation Act, the Workmen's Compensation Board was authorized to impose a special assessment on a particular firm or establishment and that the meaning of the word "industry" as found in section 52 does not refer collectively to all stevedoring employers.

The Supreme Court of Canada also stated that the words "merit rating" in section 52 authorized the Board to give a firm merits and demerits depending upon the firm's claims experience.

Workers' Compensation - Topic 8604

Assessments upon employers - Special assessments - For high accident experience - Workmen's Compensation Act, Sections 52 and 54 - Whether Workmen's Compensation Board is authorized by Statute to impose a special assessment on an employer because of a high accident experience of that particular employer (Supreme Court of Canada).

Cases Noticed:

Wisconsin Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau v. Mortensen (1938), 227 N.W. 679, folld.

Statutes Noticed:

Workmen's Compensation Act, R.S.N.B. 1952, c. 255, sect. 52, sect. 54, sect. 55.

Counsel:

T.B. Drummie, for the appellant;

J.W. Turnbull, for the respondent.

APPEAL from a decision of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, (1969), 1 N.B.R.(2d) 621, reversing a decision of the Workmen's Compensation Board which affirmed a special assessment imposed upon a stevedoring firm because of its higher than average claims experience.

The judgment of the Court was delivered by Pigeon, J.

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