Reporting workplace accidents, injuries and incidents
In the unfortunate event that an employee sustains a work-related incident, WSIB covers health costs and loss of earnings due to lost time from work.
The law requires Ryerson reports all work-related incidents to the WSIB that result in lost time from work and/or required health care (other than first aid), within three calendar days of learning of the incident.
Roles and responsibilities
- If necessary, obtain first aid or medical attention immediately.
- In an emergency or if you have immediate safety or security concerns, call 911. For non-emergency medical assistance, please call Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 or dial 80 from any internal phone.
- Report the incident to your supervisor immediately even if there is no injury.
- Notify your supervisor if the injury prevents you from working following the incident.
- Obtain medical attention immediately if unable to return to work.
- Maintain contact with your supervisor to keep him/her updated as to your prognosis for return to full or modified work.
- Co-operate with your supervisor and Workplace Wellbeing Services in arranging a return to work.
- Complete and promptly return all forms received from the WSIB and the university.
- Go to the scene immediately.
- Ensure appropriate first aid/medical aid is given, if necessary.
- Arrange and pay for transportation to medical care, if needed.
- Control potential secondary accidents; secure the site if a critical injury has occurred, investigate to determine the cause, and take corrective action to prevent a recurrence.
- Be sure to document actions, investigations and any corrective action that is taken or required.
- Complete the WSIB Employer’s Report of Injury/Disease (Form 7) (PDF) online (not hand written), print it and submit to and sign the form and e-mail as a PDF within 48 hours to Sevgi Pala, Workplace Wellbeing Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete Ryerson's Internal Near Miss, Incident and Injury Form within 24 hours or as soon as being made aware of the incident.
- Contact the injured employee the day following the accident to check on the status of their wellbeing and arrange for return to suitable modified work and/or modified hours.
- Contact Workplace Wellbeing Services to assist with return to work planning; accommodation or modified work arrangements.
- Maintain contact with the employee.
Why are the timelines important?
- Ryerson may be subject to penalties or charges under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act for failure to report work-related incidents properly to the WSIB.
- Any imposed fines levied by the WSIB will be charged to the injured employee’s departmental budget.
For questions about employees who have experienced a workplace injury, contact Workplace Wellbeing Services.
For questions about addressing hazardous workspace or environmental concern, visit Report an Incident or Injury.