Auditor General audit of WorkSafeNB finds government, board oversight impeded operations

New Brunswick's auditor general says a performance audit on WorkSafeNB found that both government and board oversight practices weakened the Crown corporation's independence and impeded its operations.

Auditor General Kim MacPherson says her report found that WorkSafeNB's board of directors did not make any decisions for nearly four months due to government delays in appointing a chair or vice-chair.

The report also found the corporation operated without a permanent CEO for a period of nearly 17 months.

She made 18 recommendations, including more timely decisions on board appointments, compliance with legislation and policy when making appointments, and better public disclosure of board and executive compensation and expenses.