No matter your career—bartender, botanist, bank advisor, or baler operator—you are always at risk of injuring yourself on the job. Some professions (like bartender and baler operator) pose a higher physical risk than others (like botanist or bank advisor), but injuries can happen anywhere and at any time.
According to the most recent Statistics Canada data, in 2013, 16 percent of Canadians aged 15 to 74 (roughly 4.2 million people) sustained injuries in the past 12 months that limited their normal activities—and for 14.5 percent of those injured, their most serious injury took place while working at a job or business.
Additionally, a 2019 study spearheaded by the University of Ottawa found that job-related deaths in Canada can be up to ten times higher than what is actually reported by the Association of Workers' Compensation Board of Canada (AWCBC), who reports approximately 1000 job-related deaths in Canada each year.
With this in mind, let’s look at the steps you should take if you injure yourself while at work.
First and foremost, it is important to act as quickly as possible when reporting injuries, recording details, and making a workers’ compensation claim. The longer you wait, the more complicated the process can become later on.
Report the Injury to Your Supervisor
Be sure to report the injury to your boss or supervisor as soon as it happens. Sending a detailed email or written report is preferable, as these can be easily referenced when submitting a claim down the line. Either way, it’s important to alert your supervisor right away so they can take the necessary steps on the company’s end and follow procedure.
Seek Medical Attention
It is a good idea to get a medical assessment after a workplace injury, even if the physical injury doesn’t appear serious. A doctor will be able to do a full examination and look for any internal injuries that may not be initially obvious. If you begin feeling unwell a few weeks later, it is easier to attribute this pain to the accident if you have previous doctor’s reports to show.
Let your doctor know this is a workplace injury. They have systems and reports in place to deal with this type of process and make sure patients are protected.
Make a Claim
Make a Workers’ Compensation claim through your provincial or territorial workplace safety board. These programs are in place to protect employees from the financial hardships associated with work-related injuries and occupational diseases. Through this process, you’ll be compensated for any shifts you’ve missed due to your injury, if eligible.
Speak with a Lawyer
To be certain you are receiving the support and assistance you are entitled to, you should speak with a lawyer or professional who specializes in labour and employment law. Vexxit can connect you with your perfect professional match through a network of carefully vetted, reviewed professionals.