DO I HAVE TO REPORT A WORKPLACE INJURY?
Workplace injuries cannot be ignored. Whatever the severity of the injury, it must be documented.
The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board (YWCHSB) needs three forms before it can make a decision on whether an injured worker is eligible for compensation.
Any injury requiring medical treatment beyond the worksite must be reported to YWCHSB. As well, a report must be filed if a worker missed more than a day of work because of an injury.
There is one exception: if first aid was given on the jobsite, recorded in the first aid book and the worker did not require a visit to a medical professional or need 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. This offers the worker protection. If the worker discovers the injury was worse than initially thought, there is a record of the incident.
The injury record also demonstrates the employer’s compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations.
It is an offence against the Workers’ Compensation Act for employers to discourage a worker from making a claim for compensation.