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About injury at work in BC, Canada.
A workplace accident is an unforeseen event in the workplace that results in an injury, or a casualty, to an employee while being on duty either on the company's premises, or off it. The injury can result in a physical or mental harm (or both), including any injury, disease, or even death.
In Canada ( 2021) about 1,081 workers were killed in workplace accidents.
Examples of work injuries are: attacks by humans or even animals, any cases of acute poisoning, slips or falls on stairways or pavements, and accidents caused while on board any means of transportation.
When you get injured at work, steps to be taken vary based on the gravity of the accident.
Report fatalities/serious injuries ( ie life threatening) immediately to:
BC Emergency services ( call 911 ) for medical and police interventions…
The director of the program area.
The head of the BC Public Service Agency. If you are not employed by the B.C. Provincial Government please call WorkSafeBC at 604-276-3301 Toll-free: 1-888-621-7233
However, most workplace accidents are minor and do not directly threaten a worker's life. In this case, here are steps to follow:
Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible by filling out an Injury Incident Report ( available from your Human Resources or Occupational Health and Safety department) and describe what happened in detail.
Consult a doctor as soon as possible. A cut for example cannot be stitched 6 hours after the injury. Though required by law to complete a WCB form and send it to WorkSafe BC, some doctors do not deal with forms. This is where at MEDILINK, given our multidisciplinary we have a system and all services in place to take care of all aspects of your injury (medical, form filling, time off, Physio, kinesiology, massage, communication with your employer, follow up… ) until you are ready to go back to work.
Report injury to Worksafe BC. By law there is a one year time limit to report injuries to the WorkSafe BC but it's always best to report immediately. This applies even if you don't miss any time from work.
What to do when you get injured at work in BC, Canada?
Injuries on the workplace are common and they should not be ignored since they can result in a permanent disability, income loss or both and sometimes these effects can take time to manifest. Hence the importance of better documentation… We are here to help…
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