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What is the process for reporting a workplace incident or injury according to WorkSafeBC?

February 28, 20232 min read

According to WorkSafeBC, the process for reporting a workplace incident or injury involves the following steps:

  1. Get first aid or medical treatment as necessary.

  2. Report the incident or injury to your supervisor or employer as soon as possible.

  3. Complete a worker incident report, which includes details about the incident or injury and the affected worker. This report can be completed online or in hard copy.

  4. Your employer must also complete an employer incident report and submit it to WorkSafeBC within three days of learning about the incident or injury.

  5. WorkSafeBC will review the incident and may investigate further if necessary.

  6. It's important to report workplace incidents or injuries as soon as possible to ensure that affected workers receive appropriate care and that steps can be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The worker incident report is a form needed for reporting a workplace incident or injury can be found on the WorkSafeBC website under the "Forms and Resources" section. The worker incident report form is called "Form 6A - Worker's Report of Injury or Occupational Disease to Employer."

Other forms that may be needed depending on the situation include the "Form 7 - Employer's Report of Injury or Occupational Disease" and the "Form 7A - Time Loss and Wage Loss Report." These forms can also be found on the WorkSafeBC website under the same "Forms and Resources" section.

It's important to ensure that the correct forms are used and filled out accurately, as any errors or omissions can cause delays in processing the claim or result in the claim being denied. WorkSafeBC also provides guides and resources to assist with completing the forms correctly. Here are some tips to fill out the form correctly:

  1. Fill out the form as soon as possible after the incident or injury occurs, while the details are still fresh in your mind.

  2. Provide detailed and accurate information about the incident or injury, including the date, time, location, and description of what happened.

  3. Include information about any witnesses to the incident or injury.

  4. Describe your injury or symptoms in detail, including where on your body you were injured and what you were doing at the time.

  5. Be as specific as possible about the tasks you were performing when the incident or injury occurred.

  6. Sign and date the form to confirm that the information you have provided is true and accurate.

  7. Submit the form to your employer as soon as possible. Your employer is required to submit the form to WorkSafeBC within three days of the incident or injury.

Remember that reporting an incident or injury is an important part of ensuring that you receive the medical care and compensation you need, and that your workplace is safe for you and your coworkers. If you have any questions about the form or the reporting process, you can contact WorkSafeBC for assistance.

To learn more about Incident Reporting, click here.

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Erwin Caguiat

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