Workplace Safety and Insurance Board – New Form 7
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has just created a new Employer’s Report of Injury/Disease form (commonly called Form 7). Employers who are subject to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) are required to use the new Form 7 as of November 1, 2005.
The new Form 7 is somewhat longer and more detailed than its predecessor. According to the WSIB, the form is designed to be easier for employers to complete.
Under the WSIA, employers must report work-related accidents and illnesses by filing in Form 7 with the WSIB within 3 days of learning of their occurrence if the accident or illness results in the worker receiving health care or results in the worker not being able to earn full wages. Employers are also obligated to provide a copy of Form 7 to the worker.
Failure to comply with the notification requirements under the WSIA may result in monetary penalties and prosecution. In recent years, the WSIA has been more vigorous in pursuing such prosecutions.
A copy of the new Form 7 can be found at the WSIB’s website.