It’s difficult to see anyone hurt, especially a valued and trusted employee. They’ve been there for you and you’ll want to be there for them – when it matters most.
Help for them starts with you. After they’ve informed you of the accident, injury or illness, as an employer you’ll want to discuss with them the next steps, modified duties and/or accommodations you can provide as they recover. Let the employee know that you and their co-workers will be supporting them throughout the recovery.
As an employer, you have reporting responsibilities under both the Workers’ Compensation (WC) Act and the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act.
Under the WC Act, you must file an Employer Report of Injury or Illness. This lets us know what occurred at the workplace, who’s affected, and the possibility of your employee accessing workers’ compensation benefits, such as wage replacement and medical treatment. You must file the Employer Report of Injury or Illness, whether you support the employee’s claim for benefits or not. You have an opportunity to state any objections in the report.
You have three days to file the Employer Report of Injury or Illness from the date of the accident/injury; date of the diagnoses of illness, or date your employee reported the injury or illness to you.
Under the OHS Act, you must report certain accidents, injuries and near misses immediately. In addition, you have ongoing obligations for the safety and health of all employees. Learn more about your reporting responsibilities under the OHS Act.
Before starting your report, have the following information ready:
Date employee notified you of the accident/injury or illness
Details on the accident/injury or illness, including date it happened and location
Start date of any modified work (reduced hours, change in job tasks, etc.), if applicable
Details of employee’s earnings, if the injury or illness resulted in lost time
Details of employee’s hours of work, if the injury or illness resulted in lost time
In August 2020, WorkSafeNB simplified the process for employers to report a workplace injury or illness under the Workers Compensation Act. Simply complete the Employer Report of Injury or Illness as soon as possible, but within three days of learning of the incident, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You also have the option to print the form and submit it by fax to 1 888 629-4722 or by mail to our head office. If your employee would like to file for workers’ compensation benefits, they will need to submit the Application for Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Remember, you also have important reporting requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. You must report certain accidents, injuries and near misses immediately. Learn more.
If you currently submit WorkSafeNB's Report of Accident or Occupational Disease, the joint worker and employer form, through Service New Brunswick or MyServices, there are currently no changes to the process. Continue to use those application methods and the joint form.
Keeping your employee connected
Work is good. It provides social connection and a sense of purpose, leading to positive physical and mental health and wellness. Evidence shows work also leads to a speedier recovery. To support employees in their recovery, employers, health care providers and others must make every effort to keep workers connected to the workplace.
If you have any further questions on reporting, the claims process and healthy and safe return to work, contact us toll-free at 1 800 999-9775 (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).