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’ 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 rightsYou 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.
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