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Workers' Compensation Checklist

Workers' Compensation Checklist

1. Injury Notification

☐ Did you or another person on your behalf give the employer notice of an injury or illness within 30 days?

The worker must use the injury reporting system, commonly referred to as injury register in the first instance (s.18 subsection 2 and 3). The employer must also acknowledge in writing that they have received the injury report (s.18 paragraph 4).

☐ If your claim for compensation relates to an injury resulting from an accident involving a motor vehicle, did you report the accident to a member of the police force?

☐Inform the duly elected (of your designated workgroup) your injury/injuries.

☐Inform the union delegate /union of your injury/injuries.

2. Gather Evidence

The worker must provide evidence to the agent that they have reported the accident to the police. Evidence can be:

• Information on the Claim form or

• A note or a statutory declaration from the worker or

• A copy of the police report.

Evidence must include:

• Which police station and police officer the accident was reported to and

• The date and time of report and

• The reference number if available

Refer to section 2.2 of the WorkSafe claims manual

3. Essential Documents for Injured Workers

☐ Copy of injury report

☐ Emails /information from HSR to confirm that the employer knew about the hazard and risks (injury data, dates of emails).

☐ Minutes of meetings to verify that the employer knew about the danger and risks (team meetings, health and safety meetings {provide the dates, time and location)

☐ Photographs

☐ Workplace inspection reports (the date the inspection was conducted)

☐ Risk assessments (date, who was involved {HSR will be aware of this and copies will be at the worksite})

☐ Policies and procedures (to provide evidence that the employer did not provide the necessary resources)

4. Making it Work for Injured Workers

☐ Submit the injury report(always)

☐ Submit the Worker’s Injury Claim. The information necessary to constitute a valid claim:

• identity the worker,

• identify the employer and

• confirm the incident/injury.

Section 2.2.3 Valid claims from the WorkSafe claims manual

☐ Submit the certificate of capacity. To be valid, the certificate must:

• be in an approved form

• be issued by a medical practitioner

• specify the expected duration of the worker’s incapacity and whether the worker has a current work capacity or has no current work capacity

• not exceed 14 days in duration unless there are special reasons which require an extension of that period.

Section 2.2.3 Valid claims from the WorkSafe claims manual and WIRC s25


☐ Submit all or as much supporting documents (explained in point 2 above). The worker’s injury claim report provides necessary details that are required to process a claim and influence the employer’s and agent view about whether the claim should be accepted or rejected. It is crucial to take this opportunity to provide additional information at this stage of the process


See section Further enquiries to make a liability determination


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