Worker claims for compensation

A worker (or dependent of a deceased worker) who has suffered a work-related injury is entitled to file a claim for compensation under the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Act and if the claim is accepted, the worker (or dependent of a deceased worker) is entitled to receive compensation benefits provided under the Act.

Worker roles, rights and responsibilities

On a worksite, everyone has varying levels of responsibility for workplace health and safety. You should know and understand your responsibilities—and those of others.

Worker rights

You have three key rights.
  • The right to know about hazards in the workplace.
  • The right to participate in health and safety activities in the workplace.
  • The right to refuse unsafe work.*

*By law, employers are prohibited from penalizing workers for raising a health and safety issue.

Worker responsibilities

As a worker, you play an important role in making sure you—and your co-workers—stay healthy and safe on the job. You must:

  • Be alert to hazards. Report them immediately to your supervisor or employer.
  • Follow health and safety work procedures and instructions and act safely in the workplace at all times.
  • Use the protective clothing, devices and equipment provided. Be sure to wear them properly.
  • Report any incident or injury that arises at the workplace to your supervisor or employer.
  • Get treatment quickly should an injury happen on the job and tell the health care provider that the injury is work related.
  • Follow the treatment advice of health care providers.
  • Return to work safely after an injury by modifying your duties and not immediately starting with your full, regular responsibilities.
  • Never work under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any other substance, or if you're overly tired