WorkSafeNB - Electronic Accident or occupational disease reporting
In the event of a workplace incident, employers and workers must inform WorkSafeNB within three days. If there is disagreement between you and your employer, you must still inform WorkSafeNB. Please note: you and your employer cannot agree not to report the accident.
Under the Workers' Compensation Act, an accident can be one of the following:
• a wilful and intentional act, not being the act of the worker who suffers the accident; or
• a chance event or incident occasioned by a physical or natural cause; or
• a disablement caused by an occupational disease; or
• a disablement or disabling condition; all arising out of and in the course of employment.
In the event of an accident, injury or industrial disease at your jobsite, you must:
Provide or pay the cost of immediate transportation from the injury site to a medical treatment facility.
Notify WorkSafeNB IMMEDIATELY to report the following incidents:
• A loss of consciousness
• Fractures (other than fingers or toes)
• Burns requiring medical attention beyond first aid treatment
• Loss of vision in one or both eyes
• Deep lacerations requiring medical attention beyond first aid treatment
• Worker admission to a hospital as an in-patient
• Any accidental explosion or exposure to a biological, chemical or physical agent, whether or not a person is injured
• Any catastrophic event or equipment failure that results, or could have resulted in an injury
Immediate notification can best be made by calling 1 800-999-9775, indicating: the location; name of person injured, if applicable; employer name; contact person; and, brief description of the incident. This notification form will give you an idea of the information you will be asked to provide.
Changes to injury reporting and application for benefits process
WorkSafeNB is offering a new, improved way for employers to report injuries and illnesses and for workers to apply for benefits.
As part of its long-term plan to make the application for workers’ compensation benefits process faster and simpler, workers may have their own application and employers may have their own reporting process rather than a joint form. Only information relevant to each group is required, and they can each submit their information separately rather than at once.
This move is the first of many steps aimed at improving efficiency. More phases under this project will lead to further improving tools and processes to enable timelier decisions and provide faster access to treatment and benefits, resulting in better outcomes for workers and employers.
While this process is currently available and is the preferred method for most New Brunswick workers and employers, you may continue to use the Service New Brunswick reporting method with NO CHANGE to your process. You can continue to file the Form 67 – Report of Accident or Occupational Disease as usual.
Please visit worksafenb.ca or call 1 800 999-9775 to learn more about the new process.