Do I have to report a workplace accident?
Workplace injuries cannot be ignored. Whatever the severity of the injury, it must be documented.
If you missed more than a day of work because of an injury, or your employee did, a report must be filed.
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board needs three forms before it can compensate an injured worker.
If first aid was given on the jobsite, and the employee required no time off beyond the day of injury, there is no obligation for employers or workers to fill out a report of injury/illness form.
However, to protect the worker and employer the incident must be documented and the record kept for three years in case a complication arises.
How does this offer protection?
If the worker discovers the injury was worse than initially thought, there is a record of the incident.
The record also protects the employer’s investment, making sure the injured worker can access the insurance coverage the employer purchased. The injury record also demonstrates the employer’s compliance with the First Aid Regulations and suggests they take safety seriously.
It is illegal for workers and employers to agree to suppress a work-related injury and not apply for compensation.