- How many young workers are injured each year?
- Are there some injuries you don't know about?
- Can anything be done?
- Why don't some workers report injuries?
- Why should I report an injury or illness suffered at work?
- Can I be compensated with money?
- Is it like insurance?
|How many young workers are injured each year?
Each year in Ontario, over 10,000 workers under the age of 25 file a claim with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) because they've been injured on the job to the extent that they cannot return to work the day after the injury. Those injuries are called "Lost Time Injuries" by the WSIB. Almost as many young workers file claims because they've suffered an injury that allowed them to keep working, but required first aid treatment.
|Are there some injuries you don't know about?
Many young workers who get injured don't end up in these statistics either because they don't want to tell their employer that they've been injured or their employer doesn't file a claim with the WSIB on their behalf.
|Can anything be done?
Far too many young workers are needlessly injured. Injuries and illnesses are preventable.
Workplaces that take their health and safety duties seriously will want to identify situations that can result in injuries or illness and eliminate them immediately so that no one else is hurt. This is why ensuring your supervisor or employer knows you've been injured is important. What they know about, they can fix. A scrape caused by a malfunctioning machine today may result in a far more serious injury to someone else tomorrow if adjustments to correct the problem aren't made immediately.
|Why don't some workers report injuries?
- Your employer may be a family member or friend and you're afraid they might be upset if you report an injury.
- You might be afraid the boss will think you can't do your job properly if you report the injury.
- You might think that the injury is not very serious.
- You might be afraid your co-workers will think less of you.
|Why should I report an injury or illness suffered at work?
- To make sure you get the correct medical treatment right away.
- To make sure you receive the appropriate monetary compensation from the WSIB for your injury or illness without delay.
- So the cause of the injury can be investigated and corrected to prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
- Because one of your duties under the Occupational Health and Safety Act is to report any hazard of which you're aware to your supervisor or employer.
|Can I be compensated with money?
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 is another Ontario law which was created to help promote safe and healthy workplaces, to help workers who are injured or ill at work return to work quickly and safely and to provide compensation benefits (money to replace lost wages) while they are off work.
|Is it like insurance?
Under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides insurance in case of injuries. With some exceptions, it makes all employers who operate in Ontario pay for this insurance. If their workers get injured, the workers will receive income to replace lost earnings while they are off work. Workers who receive compensation benefits cannot sue their employer for losses related to the accident.