WCB Reporting

The Workers' Compensation Board is a disability insurance system governed by the Alberta Workers' Compensation Act. The system is intended to assist in bringing strength and resiliency to the workplace by protecting both staff members and employers against the financial impact of work related injuries.

Work related injuries must be reported to WCB within 72 hours. In accordance with the appropriate Collective Agreement, staff members may continue to be paid directly by the University if they require time away from work due to a work related injury, but these incidents must still be reported to the WCB.

 




Steps to initiate a WCB claim:

  1. Supervisor/Manager must submit a completed WCB Employers report and fax a copy to both WCB (780) 427-5863 and Organizational Health and Effectiveness (780) 492-0798. Please ensure that the "Earning Details (#9), and "Hours of Worked Details (#10) are populated correctly.
  2. Supervisor/Manager must complete and submit an On Line Notification (OLN) if time loss is greater than 3 scheduled working days.
  3. Employee must submit a completed WCB Workers report and fax a copy to both WCB (780) 427-5863 and Organizational Health and Effectiveness (780) 492-0798.
  4. Supervisor/Manager please visit the EHS (Environmental Health and Safety) site to complete the University of Alberta Incident Report. This report is separate from WCB reporting requirements.



What do I do if I am injured?

Staff member

If you have had an injury or illness that you believe to be work related, the following steps must be taken:

  • Seek appropriate first aid or medical treatment (your doctor will complete a Physician's First Report and send it to WCB within 48 hour of your visit, ensure you receive a copy of the form)
  • Complete the WCB Workers Report and fax it to both WCB (780) 427-5863 and Organizational Health and Effectiveness (780) 492-0798.
  • Report your injury to your supervisor/manager

Homewood Health Inc (HHI) and the Return to Work Consultants (RTWC) at the University of Alberta are partners in providing recovery and return to work assistance due to an illness/injury. If your injury has resulted in a time loss from work, or there is a need for modification to your current role as a result, a Health Support Consultant (HSC) or Return to Work Coordinator (RTWC) will contact you within 24 - 48 hours to assist you in your recovery and return to work once the steps above have been completed.

Your Responsibilities while recovering from your work related injury:
  • Continue regular communication with your immediate supervisor, and WCB Case Manager.
  • Participate in active medical treatment and rehabilitation activities as required by WCB.
  • Participate in modified duties as provided by the employer and as directed by WCB.


Supervisor/Manager:

Your Responsibilities as an employer:

Work related injuries must be reported to WCB within 72 hours. In accordance with the appropriate Collective Agreement, staff members may continue to be paid directly by the University if they require time away from work due to a work related injury, but these incidents must still be reported to the WCB.

What is Covered?

In addition to obvious injuries such as broken bones, severe cuts or burns, you should also report;

  • Injuries caused by repeated activities which include strains or sprains due to performing the same activity for a prolonged period of time. i.e. laboratory technician may develop tendonitis as a result of repetitive job duties.
  • Occupational diseases that are caused by a condition at the work site. i.e. a nurse who contracts HIV from a needlestick or a building contractor who develops asbestosis after repeated exposure to asbestos.
  • Re-injury or difficulties experienced from a previous injury which occur when a previous injury is aggravated while performing your job duties. i.e. back injury - could be worsened by bending, lifting, or twisting.


What is not Covered?

There are some conditions or situations where an injury will not be considered work related. Examples of injuries that would not be covered by WCB include:


  • Pre-existing or unrelated health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, old sports injuries or spinal scoliosis. However, if you have a pre-existing condition and a work-related injury worsens your condition you may be eligible for benefits while you recover. For more information please visit:http://www.wcb.ab.ca/pdfs/public/policy/manual/printable_pdfs/0302_2_app1.pd
  • Traveling to and from work - If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while traveling on your regular commute to and from the University, you are not covered by WCB. However, some exceptions can apply. For more information please visit:http://www.wcb.ab.ca/pdfs/public/policy/manual/printable_pdfs/0201_2_app3.pdf


What will WCB Pay for?

The following may be covered as part of an accepted WCB claim:

Hospital/other health care costs, medication costs, artificial limbs, eyeglasses or dentures, dental treatment, braces, crutches, canes, hearing aids, clothing, orthotic alteration of footwear, travel.

Please contact your WCB Case Manager to review your eligibility for these or any other related costs.


Who can I contact for further assistance?

Please call Organizational Health and Effectiveness at 780-492-0207 or via e-mail to org.health@ualberta.ca.

To access the Workers' Compensation Board – Alberta website, please visit www.wcb.ab.ca.

*If the illness/injury involves any of the following; human blood/body fluid exposure, health and safety violation, hazardous spill or environmental release, near-miss event, additional information may be required. Please visit EH&S Injury/Incident Portal.