February 23, 2006 TORONTO – Ontario�s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has added Crawford Healthcare Management, Inc. to its vendor list of Labour Market Re-Entry (LMR) service providers in eight Ontario cities. �We are very pleased with this announcement, and look forward to expanding our relationship with the WSIB,� said John Sharoun, chief executive officer of Crawford in Canada.
This appointment follows a rigorous RFP and interviewing process that commenced in late 2005. The three-year contract expands the number of cities Crawford services from four to eight and reduces the total number of providers on the various panels by approximately one-third. As a result of the growth in this program, Jaqueline Roy, vice president of Crawford Healthcare Management has appointed Jan Brooks as Crawford�s WSIB account manager. Brooks has more than 16 years of experience and will be responsible for all aspects of this program. �Quality assurance is a key component in the success of this program, with the focus on servicing the clients of WSIB and we intend to meet those standards� said Roy.
As an LMR service provider, Crawford will be working with injured workers that are unable to return to their previous employer and helping them assess their experience, skills and abilities to develop a plan proposal for their return to work.
About The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board:
Ontario�s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board plays a key role in the province�s occupational health and safety system. The WSIB administers no-fault workplace insurance for employers and their workers and is committed to the prevention of workplace injuries and illnesses. The WSIB provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of healthcare and assists in early and safe return to work for workers who are injured on the job or contract an occupational disease. The WSIB is an arm�s-length agency of the Ministry of Labour. It has statutory authority under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to determine its own practices and policies, including setting premium rates. For more information visit www.wsib.on.ca
Crawford Healthcare Management, Inc. is a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary of Crawford & Company. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Crawford & Company ( www.crawfordandcompany.com ) is the world�s largest independent provider of claims management solutions to insurance companies and self-insured entities, with a global network of more than 700 offices in 63 countries. Major service lines include workers� compensation claims administration and healthcare management services, property and casualty claims management, class action services, and risk management information services. The Company�s shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbols CRDA and CRDB.