1. Get proper medical treatment
If you are injured or ill because of work, your first priority is to seek proper medical attention. You must also inform your employer or supervisor, so that they can give you assistance and fulfill their responsibilities regarding the incident.
Go to the nearest first aid station immediately and notify a staff member trained in first aid. An accurate record should be kept of the treatment you receive. If your injury or illness is serious (or you are not sure how serious it is) go to a doctor or hospital. Your employer is responsible for providing transport to medical treatment and may have to call an ambulance or assign someone to accompany you.
2. Report the Incident to your Employer
You must investigate and document the workplace injury or illness. Keep a detailed record of what happened and the steps you took to correct the problem. Whenever an injury occurs in the workplace - even if it’s not clear whether it’s work-related, the injured worker should report it to you, their supervisor or employer, and you are obligated to report it to the WSIB.
Your employer or supervisor needs to know about your injury or illness to provide help, fulfill their employer responsibilities under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, and take measures to prevent further incidents. Report the incident to your supervisor immediately.
3. Report your injury or illness to the WSIB
You have up to 6 months from the date of the injury to claim benefits so don’t delay. And in the case of workplace illness, you have up to 6 months from the date of your diagnosis. Call and speak to a WSIB representative at 1-800-387-0750 for more information on reporting work-related injuries and occupational diseases.
The Form 6 is your opportunity to give detailed information about your injury or illness and how it happened. It also helps the WSIB make a more informed decision, faster. And it lets the WSIB know that you plan to claim benefits for a work-related injury or illness.