All workplace injuries should be reported to your employer. All injuries that require medical attention or cause you to miss work should be reported to the WCB.
Even minor injuries should be reported. Some injuries and occupational illnesses develop over time. A worker's notes on her of his minor work injuries, illnesses and accidents can be used to trace later how work may have caused or played a significant part in a more serious injury or illness.
If you don’t report an injury:
You may not get the safety training you need;
You may not get Workers Compensation benefits;
The boss may not know about a danger in the workplace, and other workers could get be injured too.
When you report an injury to your boss, you need to fill out a “Green Card” (Notice of Injury Form 1). Your employer should have these forms. Fill out two copies – one for your employer and one to keep for yourself. This is NOT an application for workers compensation; it is simply an injury report. Your employer has 5 days to file a report on your injury with the WCB (Form 2).
If your employer does not have Green Card forms, you should make your own report on what happened. You should include:
a description of your injury;
the date and time of your injury;
the cause of the injury; and
the names of any witnesses.
Make two copies of your report and have your supervisor sign them. Give one copy to your supervisor and keep the other for yourself.
If your workplace has a safety and health committee, make sure you report your injury to a member of the committee too.
If your injury is serious enough to require medical attention or to require you to miss work, you should file a claim with the WCB.