LOVE SILHOUETTE / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM The Worker’s
or many articles, we have been
telling employers what they
have to do, must do and what
the law mandates them to do when there is
an injury in the workplace. We’ve even writ-ten
about what the care providers such as
physicians, physiotherapists and chiroprac-tors
must and should do, but what about
the injured worker?
For the Saskatchewan Workers’
Compensation Board (WCB) or injury
management system to function properly,
all participants are required to act, firstly in
good faith, but also to take their individual
roles and responsibilities seriously so that
the system hums along to the betterment
of everyone. With that said, what is the in-jured
worker’s role in this process?
Firstly, prior to any injury occurring, it is
best if the employee is educated on their du-ties
and responsibilities if they are injured
on the work site upfront upon hire, and re-freshed
regularly throughout their employ-ment
and during safety meetings. By doing
this, it takes away any doubt about what is
expected of the injured worker when an in-jury
What should employees be taught?
Firstly, workers need to be aware that
they are obligated to report the injury to
the employer immediately, or as soon as is
physically practical or reasonable. This, like
many other aspects of the employee’s con-dition
of employment, must be mandatory.
Role in a
Employees have obligations under the WCB Act, too
By Clifford Gerow, Injury Solutions Canada Ltd.
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