What to do if you’re injured at work and how to file a claim
If you are injured at work, there are three things you need to do immediately: Seek medical attention, report your injury to your employer and report your injury to the WCB using the Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1) form. Learn how to file a claim with the WCB and what you’ll need to file your claim. Find information specific to temporary foreign workers and workers who are injured out of province.
3 things you must do immediately if you are injured at work
To access our services without delay, you, a family member or your representative should contact us as soon as possible following your work injury. If you need help, ask a hospital social worker to assist you. To start a claim for you, we’ll need some information about your injury.
What qualifies as a work injury?
A work injury is the result of any work-related event that causes a need for medical treatment and/or time away from work. The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) considers each work injury on an individual basis, but in most cases compensation applies to injuries that occur while a worker is at work, on company premises or on company business. This includes an occupational disease caused by work. Learn more about what qualifies as a work injury.
There are three things you need to do immediately if you are injured at work:
- Get medical attention immediately if you need it.
- Your employer should provide appropriate first aid and arrange transportation so you can receive treatment from a qualified health-care professional.
- Have your health-care professional report to the WCB. Your health-care professional should identify any physical restrictions resulting from your injury and give them to you in writing.
- Report your injury to your employer immediately.
- Let your employer know about the incident right away — within hours or less.
- Work with your employer, your health-care professional and the WCB to set up a personalized return-to-work plan. Learn more about recovery and return to work.
- Report your injury to the WCB by completing the Worker’s Initial Report of Injury (W1) form immediately.
- Online: The W1 form can be filled out online.
- Email: Download and complete the W1 form online and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please follow the following steps when submitting a form via email:
- Fill out all empty fields online.
- Print the form to add your signature.
- Scan and email to email@example.com.
- If the form is not printed and scanned before submitting, it will not be accepted.
- Please submit your information saved as one of these supported file attachments and forward to us in your email. Please ensure that the maximum size does not exceed 28MB.
- pdf (excludes HEIC)
- docx (Microsoft Word)
- xlsx (Microsoft Excel)
- By mail: The W1 form is available online for download.
Once you’ve filled it out in pen, keep a copy for your records.
Mail the signed copy of the W1 form to the WCB at:
Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board
200-1881 Scarth Street
Regina, SK S4P 4L1
- By phone: Call the WCB at 1.800.787.9288 and a WCB representative will take your information and complete the form for you.
To complete the W1 form, you need:
- your birthdate
- your social insurance number
- your provincial health services card number
- your employer’s name, address and phone number
- the name of the health-care provider who is treating your injury
Workers, employers, health-care providers and the WCB all have a role to play in the recovery and return-to-work process following a work injury.
Participate with your employer, care provider and the WCB in setting up an appropriate and safe return-to-work plan. The plan usually includes treatment, employment services and suitable work duties.
Effective claims management must involve not only the WCB, but also employers, workers and care providers in a co-operative relationship. The WCB uses a proactive case management system to maximize early treatment, support safe return to work and provide superior customer service.
- Claims are immediately sorted to focus attention on injuries with complications or those of a more serious, longer-term nature.
- Established recovery schedules, timelines and standards result in prompt treatment and return to work.
- Medical treatment and return-to-work activities run at the same time.
- Treatment, physical rehabilitation and return-to-work plans are continually monitored to ensure your progress to recovery and return to the workplace.
- Be sure to stay in contact with your employer throughout the entire process.