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How Safety Consulting Company can Help You in WSIB Claim?

What is WSIB and How Does it Work?shutterstock_51235186

  • WSIB stands for Workplace safety & Insurance Board. This is an Ontario government agency that used to be called the Workers Compensation Board. Even to this current date many people succumb to their injuries or illness at their respective workplaces; this is especially necessary in high risk work environments. Thus this agency was established, the WSIB.
  • WSIB is an agency that helps and protects workers; especially those who work in high risk environments. It makes sure the workers receive good compensation in case of an accident at the workplace. In addition to which the worker is also liable to benefits for loss of earnings due to the accident as per the Ontario Workplace safety and Insurance Act.
  • In fact the employer contributes towards an insurance fund which is usually province wide and their premiums are usually based on the employer’s payroll and their safety history as well.
  • The way this works is that the injured worker is compensated by the WSIB on a no fault basis; in the sense compensation is paid no matter who’s fault it is. In addition to which the employer is shielded from other liabilities. This effectively means that the employer cannot be sued for negligence.

Working of WSIB:

The working of the WSIB is quite straight forward as explained in slightly more detail here:

  • The employers contribute to a province wide insurance fund which may differ depending on the type of company. For example if it is a mining company the contribution would be slightly higher as compared to a restaurant.
  • In case of an incident the compensation is paid to the worker no matter who’s fault it is. The employer too benefits from the deal since he is then shielded from liability of any kind.
  • In every incident the employer has the right to question the cause and place of the incident. The employer can very prove that the incident took place while the employee was not on the work premises if he has such information.
  • Both the WSIB and the employer work together towards getting the worker making sure the worker recovers fast and is able to go back to his regular duties. In some cases it is also necessary for the employer to accommodate the worker by assigning him simpler tasks.
  • The worker has additional rights, in the sense that if the claims for benefits are either rejected or stopped for some reason the worker has every right to contact the Union for assistance and advice.

Injury at work claim?

  • There are several procedures and routines that the worker should be aware of if they ever have the need to file a claim. To start with it is necessary to immediately notify the employer about the accident or occupational disease.
  • In case of an injury the employer will usually have a first aid kit that the worker can use however if further assistance was necessary the incident needs to be reported to the WSIB within three days.
  • Besides which the worker should obtain a professional health report from the doctor that he has treated him. Additionally he should also report it to the union or health and safety representative.

How Safety first Consulting can help you to file a WSIB Claims?

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Safety First Consulting has a paralegal team that provides complete WSIB claims management system. This system is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses as well as provide benefit to the injured employees. The service includes the following:

  • Assistance with the completion of all WSIB claims forms.
  • To liaise with WSIB and health care practitioners.
  • Complete development and implementation of work reintegration program with modified work packages.
  • The monitoring and follow up of modified work progress.
  • Reviewing of the functional abilities.
  • Providing appropriate representation and the important meetings like the return to work meeting as well as work translation meetings with WSIB.
  • Plan for work reintegration and assistance.
  • Review of the second injury and enhancement fund (SIEF) cost relief.
  • Provides appropriate representation at WSIB and WSIAT appeal hearings.

Filing a WSIB claims is easier that you can imagine if you have followed all the necessary steps mentioned earlier.

  • The worker needs to complete and sign the Worker’s report of injury or disease. Such a WSIB forms can be obtained from the WSIB website. There is also the option of calling on the toll free number 1-800-387-0750 to get the form.
  • It is necessary that you give your doctor special permission to share information regarding the treatment or functional abilities the employer. This basically is information about the worker’s limitations due to the injury.
  • In general the worker cannot receive more than two weeks of benefit without actually agreeing to the release of information from the consulting doctor.
  • WSIB will provide a claim number once a claim is submitted which basically means that you claim is being processed.
  • If due to some reason the claim is rejected, the worker can appeal within six months of the WSIB’s decision.

Thus WSIB claims process is something that has been established by keeping both the employees and employers in mind.

There are several advantages of opting for Safety Consulting , the main advantage being that while you can be sure that your interest is safe with us you can be concentrating on new clients and the day to day business.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.


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How to make wsib claim or appealing process?

Thinking about appealing?

WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) is an independent trust agency that administers compensation for Ontario Workplaces. They provide wage loss benefits, medical coverage and even help getting back to work. What this means for the employer is that if an worker is injured while on the job then the employer need not worry about being sued by the worker.

As far as worker is concerned, if he is involved in a work related incident, WSIB can help them. They help the worker in many different ways like mentioned here:

  • Loss of earnings benefit.
  • Health Care costs coverage.
  • Supporting you while you are getting back to work.

All workers should be aware of the existence of WSIB, since it can come in handy in case of an injury. If you are confident that there is no chance you being a victim of a workplace incident than think again.

There is a risk of either an accident or illness as a result of a workplace incident in just about any profession. That said there are some professions that are riskier than others.

Constructions sites and mines are a few places that are highly risky. There are many fatalities every year in such places. In fact in a recent accident in a mine in Turkey more than 250 people were killed. This included workers from many different countries. This was as recent as the May of 2014.

Thus accidents at workplaces is a very real issue and it is important that you understand how to deal with such situations.

How do I file a WSIB claim?

Once an incident does take place at a workplace it should be reported immediately and the worker should seek medical attention right away. Additionally it is necessary to request the person treating your (Doctor) to send a Health Professional’s Report (Form 8) to the WSIB. In addition to this it is also a good practice to report the incident to the workers union or the supervisor.

Filing a WSIB Claims is easier than you think and is something that is mentioned here in depth. To start with it is necessary to fill in the Worker’s Report of an Injury or Disease (Form 6). This form is generally available from the WSIB website. You also have the option of calling their toll free number.

There are several conditions prior to obtaining the WSIB benefit that need to be fulfilled. For example it is a must to allow your doctor to release the information about your functional abilities to your employer. This is a report that contains information describing the level of injuries and to what extent they prevent you from performing several important tasks.

It in fact mentions what the injured worker cannot do (from the perspective of working for the company). If in case the Form 6 is not submitted, the worker is not likely to get benefits for more than 2 weeks.

It is also possible for the employer to file a Employer’s Report of Injury (Form 7), based on which WSIB will assign you a claim number and request you to submit Form 6. This form 6 is also available in the electronic form and is called the eform 6. It can be filled in on the WSIB website. However the electronic form must be printed once filled and a copy should be given to the employer.

What if my WSIB claim is denied?

There are many circumstances in which your WSIB benefit claim may be denied. But instead of jumping straight into the WSIB appeal process it is advisable to discuss the issue with the person who made the decision. It is likely that the out come of this health discussion goes in your favour and thus you can save a great deal of time and effort in this manner.

On the other hand if you do have to make an appeal in spite of discussion here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • WSIB has a set procedure to follow for the dispute process and can also guide the people that need assistance in this matter.
  • It is important that you ask about any doubts you have regarding the appeal and always maintain clear communication.
  • Do not waste a lot of time before deciding to make an appeal since there is a time limit to make an appeal as will be explained in the document sent you.
  • Include in your appeal a written explanation regarding your objection to the decision that has been made. This will help the everyone understand your concerns.

Appeals made by the employer:

Any WSIB decision can be appealed and even the employer can appeal this decision. In the case where the employer makes an appeal the worker will receive a Participant form (or procure one from WSIB) and submit it to WSIB to be a part of the appeal.

It is necessary that you submit the Participant form within 30 days to ensure that you receive notice of the proceedings and even an opportunity to participate in the appeal process.

Decision of the Appeal Resolution Officer:

The Appeals Services Division publishes the decision of the Appeal Resolution Officer on a website online. However in order to protect the privacy of workplace parties, the name of the worker, claim number, employer’s name and other important details are left out of the sheet published online.

Choosing Safety First Consulting to help you make the WSIB Appeals:

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As per the statistics released in 2012 approximately 4628 workers were killed while on the job. A more recent example is the accident that occurred in the mines in Turkey. This occurred in May 2014 and more than 250 people from many different countries were killed.

Safety First Consulting offers a wide range of services and is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada. They understand the WSIB process and the importance of keeping the costs involved for both the employers and employees(workers) low.

There point of involvement starts right after the occurrence of the incident or right when you need to make the appeal. From that point onwards till the resolution of the claim, Safety First is always with you, helping you out and furthermore providing quick response. As far as assistance with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT) is concerned, they provide full representation as well.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.


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A Brief Introduction To WSIB

What is WSIB & it’s benefits?

WSIB is short for “The Work Safety and Insurance Board” and is an independent agency that is involved in administering compensation and no fault insurance to the Ontario workers and workplaces in Ontario and in fact it extends throughout Canada. The service they provide benefits the workers as well as the employers and comes at a small cost. The advantage being they are highly accessible and fast. The services they provide to the workers and the employees include the following:

  • The employer cannot be threatened by any employee for work related injury or illness. This means the employer cannot be sued either.
  • The employee on the other hand will receive loss of earnings benefit in case of an accident.
  • They provide the employee other benefits as well when work place incidents occur, like coverage for health care costs and even supporting and helping them to get back to work.
  • The get back to work help provided includes training for new skills if required or adjusting the duties at the workplace due to the injury if necessary.

Why WSIB is required?

Now that we know what is WSIB?, why is it required? Workplace safety is a major topic and more number firms and workers are now aware of this. However even though the safety level may have been increased or the employees awareness process being followed there are still many accidents at the workplace. Here are some statistics to support these facts:

  • Approximately 4628 workers lost their lives due to workplace incidents in 2012.
  • More recently, over 250 workers lost their lives in a mine in Turkey when the mine collapsed in May 2014. These were workers from all around the world including Turkey.

Thus the WSIB benefits clearly make it beneficial to both the employee and the employer. It provides a clear list of guidelines to make the process simple.

The WSIB Certification:

In order for a Joint Committee member to be able to approve certification training programs, there is a certain standard that must be met. This standard is developed by the WSIB. In addition to which if a certified organization does not meet the standards laid out by WSIB, they can reduce its funding or take over operations of the facility.

WSIB Training:

WSIB training handles almost all the matters pertaining to the safety at the workplace. This includes the training of the employees and employers alike. In addition to which it can allocate funds for the first aid training. This training can also be done via approved certification training programs.

Employer Accreditation:

WSIB also has the authority to accredit employers that meet the standards for the health and safety policy and operate successful programs related to health and safety. But that’s now all they are also the ones who develop the standard.

Additional functions:

WSIB has several other functions as well that mentioned here:

  • They fund occupational health and safety research.
  • Advising the Minister of Labour on matters pertaining to occupational health and safely.
  • Increase awareness of occupational health and safely amongst the people

The role Safety First Consulting pays with WSIB:

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Safety First Consulting is a company that gives priority to safety of your company. They have an experienced team of dedicated professionals who are aware of every new and existing rule in the book and can prove to be an invaluable guide as far as WSIB is concerned. They make that extra effort to make sure everyone concerned is treated well. They offer a wide range of services, including help with WSIB.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.

About the author

Sophie MooreSophie Moore is a Digital Marketing Analyst, in charge of many digital marketing projects that involve SEO, Social Media and mobile web strategy. Moore has a background in IT, strong experience on website development and web interface, degrees in both traditional and digital marketing at Duke University, North Carolina.

Moore has a wide experience of internet projects and keeps herself up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Moore always explains that social media is her passion, SEO a motivation and a dynamic challenge where she is involved every day.

Learn more about her at her personal site. Follow her on Twitter, Like her on Facebook, Google +Sophie or become a friend on Linkedin


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Injury at work place – WSIB Appeal Process

WSIB appeals process for injured workers:WSIB appeals process

There is no denying that accidents occur at a work place. The risk level at a workplace is different for every profession. For example a construction site or a mine is a risky place to work and is more prone to accidents that other places, like an office building in the CBD where an IT company is conducting their business.

As per the statistics recently published approximately 4600 workers were killed while on the job in the year 2012. In a very sad incident that occurred in Turkey in May this year (2014), more than 250 miners were killed and they happened to be from many different countries besides Turkey.

But the issue of health and safety cannot be taken lightly by any employer. It is in fact the duty of an employer to provide a safe and secure environment for the workers to work in. There are some tasks and situations that are risky however if the correct guidance and training is provided, most these accidents can be avoided. If the employees are aware of the danger involved and are informed of what precautions to take it is likely that there will be lesser accidents.

However when accidents do occur there is a support system in place that can help you in every step of the way. You are entitled to make claims with the WSIB for compensation. The claim process involves filing the WSIB Accident Report as well as the WSIB Injury report. After the WSIB claims process makes the decision is not in the favor of the worker, there is a WSIB Appeals process too. Then have the right to appeal as well.

Multiple Appeal Levels:

The Ontario Worker’s Compensation system has two levels of appeal. The two levels of appeals are:

  • The Internal Appeal at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) which is to be made before the Appeals Resolution Officer (ARO).
  • The external Appeal at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT).
  • The appeals process usually takes place on an issue by issue basis and it must pass through each level. In general it is quite common for workers to bring up several issues during an appeal and also appeal several times during a claim process.

The time factor:

A claim in general takes time to be processed and is not instant; like just about any other claim process. However prior to that happening an initial decision process takes place. Here is a brief list of them.

  • The WSIB Case Manager makes the initial benefit decision.
  • The Nurse Consultant makes the initial decision about health care.
  • The Work Transition Specialist makes the decision about the work transition or re-entry.

There is time limit to the appeals process for each decision as well. In general the initial decision processes have approximately 6 month time limit. However the Work Transition decision will have only a 30 day time limit. This time limit will always be conveyed at the end of the decision letter that you receive. The worker can object with the intent to object form that is available from the WSIB website. At times it may be necessary to send several forms to comply with the various time limits. These time limits are usually quite strictly followed and it is only in rare cases that you can obtain an extension in the time of appeal.

Appeal Readiness:

Once the intent to object form is sent the relevant will review the issue under appeal. In the case where no changes are made to the claim decision, a copy of the file along with the appeal readiness form will be sent to the worker. The worker in turn needs to then complete this form and submit it back to the WSIB. However, this time there is no time limit for submitting this form.

Appeals Resolution officer (ARO) Appeal:

The WSIB Appeals manager makes the decision on whether the appeal requires an oral hearing or if a written submission is sufficient before the decision is made on the basis of the Appeal Readiness form that was sent by the worker. This is then passed on to the ARO. The ARO reviews the file and conducts the oral hearing if necessary during which the worker will need to testify. The final decision made by the ARO will be in the form of a written submission. The duration of this process can extend up to 20 months, however in general it takes 12 – 20 months.

Appeals Tribunal appeal:

The workers can appeal on the decision of the ARO as well once he makes his decision. They can make an appeal to the Appeals Tribunal by submitting the ‘Notice of Appeal’ form along with the decision of the ARO. This ‘Notice of Appeal’ form is easily available from the website of WSIAT however the appeal to the Appeals Tribunal needs to be made within 6 months of the decision of the ARO since it is almost impossible to get an extension of time after 6 months.

This process in this appeal is usually more thorough and then the ARO one. There are two additional forms, the readiness form and the confirmation of appeal form involved. In addition to this prior to the hearing taking place there is a telephone contact with the tribunal legal worker. Each process takes a lot of time at the end of the oral hearing the decision is finally made. The duration of this process is typically 12 – 243 months.

The decision made by the Appeals Tribunal is usually the final one and there is very little that can be done to change this decision.

How Safety First can help:

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Safety First is one of the few organizations that has the experience and means to help organizations in the matter of health and safety. Their courses are specially structured to help employees gain a better understanding of their respective working environments and thus prevent and incident from occurring. They have a strong team of certified professional safety consultants that can help businesses of all sizes and a wide range of industries as well.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.

The professionals at Safety First Consulting can show you how to navigate the sometimes technical and often confusing OSHA regulations with health and safety program ontario. They can help you figure out what regulations apply in your workplace and what you need to do to comply. Just know About us, take one of our classes, or request a Contact us form.

About the author

Sophie MooreSophie Moore is a Digital Marketing Analyst, in charge of many digital marketing projects that involve SEO, Social Media and mobile web strategy. Moore has a background in IT, strong experience on website development and web interface, degrees in both traditional and digital marketing at Duke University, North Carolina.

Moore has a wide experience of internet projects and keeps herself up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Moore always explains that social media is her passion, SEO a motivation and a dynamic challenge where she is involved every day.

Learn more about her at her personal site. Follow her on Twitter, on Google +Sophie or become a friend on Linkedin


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Your guide to WSIB claims management

What is WSIB claims management?WSIB claims management

We all wish that while working at our respective workplaces that it never comes to the situation when you require to make a claim due to an injury. The sad truth is that every year many people lose their lives to fatal accidents that occur at workplaces. There are some workplaces that are more hazardous than others however it is better to be safe than sorry. Hence the safety measures should always be followed no matter how hazardous the workplace might be.

In the case where an accident does occur however there are several systems in place to help all involved. There are not many companies where there a WSIB Claims management training program is organized. However here is a short and sweet guide to make your life easier in the event of an accident and having to make WSIB claims.

  • Being aware of the roles and responsibilities of all concerned: Many different officials play very important roles when it comes to claim management. It starts with the supervisors who are immediately responsible for the employee and also includes the union head. The physician first consulted as well as the doctor who treats the wounded and lastly the colleagues of the injured employee, all have their set of responsibilities towards an injured employee and have a role to play.
  • Thus it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure he has defined the roles and responsibilities for all concerned.
  • Explaining the roles and responsibilities to respective personnel: For better and smoother claims management it advisable to make that extra effort in making sure that the respective personnel understand their role and responsibilities.
  • It is one thing to clearly to have a clear definition of the roles and responsibilities of all involved and another thing to make sure they understand them. At times it is also necessary to train the personnel to some extent and it is always healthy to maintain good communication.
  • Documenting the incidents: Documenting incidents that occur at the workplace is good practice. This can help when making a claim besides which a certain amount of documentation is required as per the legislation.
  • There are many advantages of documenting every little thing. If an incident is to small to be reported documenting it makes sense for future reference and in case the situation escalates. Besides this documentation is a very important guide to the many things that can possibly go wrong.
  • Reporting everything: Not every incident that occurs at a workplace is reported. It is quite normal for the employer and the employee involved in the incident to overlook a minor accident and thus it will go unreported. This is in fact a wrong attitude. It is not the employees or employers decision to make. Hence it is necessary to report every single incident that occurs no matter how minor it is and irrespective of whether you wish to make a claim.
  • Do not coach employees: In case of an accident and employee has the option of making a claim. An employer can advises his employees and provide them with all the necessary information required to make a claim too. But an employee by no means can interfere in deciding whether it is fit for the employee to make a claim or not.
  • Treating all claims equally (work and non work): It is best for the company policy to include a rule that makes sure that even if an employee is injured while he was not on the job he received all the assistance that is required. This simplifies the process of the return to work program that every company usually maintains without complicating the matters.
  • Playing favorites: When it comes to providing assistance to the injured employee in any way there should never be any bias. There may some employees who are popular and well liked by many but they by no means are entitled to any favoritism when it comes to helping them recover from their injuries.
  • Maintaining such a policy will help maintain a good atmosphere in any company.
    Sticking to the targets set: When a claim is made and approved that is not the end of the matters. The WSIB also assists the employee getting back to work. They work hand in hand with the respective employers to make the process of getting back to work for the injured employee as easy as possible.
  • Comprehensive documentation: Documentation is required even when it comes to claims management. But when it comes to dealing with the WSIB it is necessary to have a detailed list of documents. Thus documentation is required for all activities like minutes of meeting, missed meetings, telephone conversations, and all relevant activities.
  • Maintaining relationships: It is always important to maintain a healthy atmosphere at the workplace. This not only helps the employees being more productive but if the an atmosphere of safety and security is created it will help prevent accidents from occurring. Besides which maintaining a good relationship with the employees will help the claims process so smoother.

Conclusion for WSIB claims management:WSIB claim management system

The process of injury claims management is usually made as easy as possible and is almost the same for all industries like construction claims management, etc. Safety First Consulting is one of the more popular paralegal firms around. Besides ensuring workplace safety they are also well known for their services relating to WSIB claim management system. Being one of the few firms around with high qualified as well as consultants around there is no way you can go wrong if you pick them.

About Safety First Consulting:

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Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Claims Management Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.

Safety First consulting plays an important role in making sure every workplace is safe. Even when it comes to high risk workplaces like a construction site, their highly trained and certified safety consultants take up the task to ensure that everyone present at the workplace is aware of the importance of staying secure and not taking any unnecessary risks.

The professionals at Safety First Consulting can show you how to navigate the sometimes technical and often confusing OSHA regulations. They can help you figure out what regulations apply in your workplace and what you need to do to comply. Just know About us, take one of our classes, or request a Contact us form.

About the Author

Sophie MooreSophie Moore is a Digital Marketing Analyst, in charge of many digital marketing projects that involve SEO, Social Media and mobile web strategy. Moore has a background in IT, strong experience on website development and web interface, degrees in both traditional and digital marketing at Duke University, North Carolina.

Moore has a wide experience of internet projects and keeps herself up to date with the latest technologies and trends. Moore always explains that social media is her passion, SEO a motivation and a dynamic challenge where she is involved every day.

Learn more about her at her personal site. Follow her on Twitter, on Google +Sophie or become a friend on Linkedin

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What every worker should know About The WSIB

What is wsib:

Millions and millions of people go to work every day. Every day there is some an incident of some kind involving a worker. The incident is at times an injury at the workplace, an illness due to the exposure to hazardous substance and at times it is even fatal. This is the sad reality of work place environment (safety) so you have to know about wsib claims for it. 

There are several statistics published every year on this topic. As per on such statistic approximately 4628 workers lost their lives due to workplace incidents in 2012. The figures speak for themselves and in spite of this there are some places that do not even consider providing workplace security and safety for the workers.

In an incident that occurred as recently as May 2014 in Turkey, more than 250 workers were injured in a mine accident. These were workers from many different countries besides Turkey.

So, In your mind what is wsib? WSIB (Workplace Safety & insurance Board) which used to be called Workers Compensation Board at one point in time plays a very big role in the case of any workplace accident. This is an Ontario government agency that helps both the employers and the employees (workers). Now that you know what is WSIB, this articles goes on to explain what is WSIB insurance, who is covered by WSIB, the coverage, cost and service in more detail.

Coverage provided by WSIB:

Basically WSIB provides workplace insurance, however it means different things to different people (workers and employers). As far as the employers are concerned if a work place injury does take place, then they need not be worried about getting sued by the workers (who are covered by WSIB). What it means for the workers ins quite different though.

In case of a workplace incident and in the condition where your claim has been approved, WSIB can provide loss of earnings benefit and coverage for health care costs who is covered by wsib. In addition to this they also provide support for getting you back to work. This may involve being assigned a different set of duties to suit your working abilities.

Who does WSIB Cover:

Who the WSIB cover is determined by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. In general if your type of work is covered under the Act, then you are covered. The procedure involves the employer having to register themselves (Company) and pay a periodic premium in exchange for the coverage. WSIB is not mandatory for businesses thus it does not automatically apply to everyone. However you can choose to be covered by WSIB.

The Bill 119 or Mandatory Coverage in Construction:

This is pertaining to the changes made to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act by the Ontario Government on January 1st 2013. As per this change it is mandatory for most workers in the construction industry to have a coverage with WSIB. If you need more information on this topic it is best to order a mandatory coverage brochure by sending your business name, address and the number of brochure you require to neewsibcoverage@wsib.on.ca

The cost of the coverage:

The cost of the coverage is highly dependent on your earnings and the business activities. For example your business does not necessarily have to pay premiums based on 100% of your earnings. There is something like insurable earnings. However at the end of the day the insurable earnings depend on the type of business and thus it is something you may need to investigate further with all the relevant information. For example if you do construction work for only part of the year, you may not need to pay premiums on your earnings for the full year.

The role Safety First Consulting pays with WSIB:

Safety First Consulting

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.

Safety First Consulting is a company that gives priority to safety of your company. They have a experienced team of dedicated professionals who are aware of every new and existing rule in the book and can prove to be an invaluable guide as far as WSIB is concerned. They make that extra effort to make sure everyone concerned is treated well. They offer a wide range of services, including help with WSIB.

To start with they can help you understand the original cost of your claim and the premiums that you need to pay as well. The information provided is usually very precise and in detail using standard techniques. This helps you make an informed decision on how to handle your claims management process. In addition to this they provide audit preparation service as per the requirements of WSIB. This includes mock audit and report remarking any variants pertaining to WSIB premium reporting and sorting.

Besides advising the clients on the policies and rules (of WSIB) they also provide representation at an audit meeting or review for a client, with the best interest of the client in mind. This is coupled with effective WSIB paralegal service regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

www.safetyfirstconsulting.ca provides you details regarding health and safety training for business organisations. At Safety First Consulting, the health and safety of your company is our priority. With a team of expert, dedicated professionals, Safety First will give your company the assistance it requires in order to achieve complete compliance with government health and safety regulations.


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What happens when your WSIB claim has been denied?

Workplace injuries are occur on a daily basis and that is the sad truth of the workplaces. There are many different workplaces that are very risky and others that are not. For example in the 2012 alone approximately 4628 workers were killed while at work due to some or the other incident. 

The workplaces like the construction sites and mine are very risky and are places were the chances of fatal accidents occurring are very high. This is a per the annual statistics published. A very recent example is the incident that occurred in May 2014 at a mine in Turkey. This involved an accident in the mine which took the life of more than 250 workers from many different countries.

Think before you act:

There is a place that the workers can turn to in case of an incident that has occurred at a workplace. WSIB Compensation (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) helps the workers as well as the employers alike dealing with such issues.

Although more number of workers are now aware of the existence of wsib benefits there are still many who don’t know of it. The first thing to do when you are involved in an incident at the workplace is to report it to the wsib. If it is a simple and clear case your WSIB claim is bound to be approved. But there are several cases in which your WSIB claim can go wrong.

Educate yourself about Workers Compensation (WSIB) Claims:

  • To start with it is likely that you WSIB claim is denied.
  • Your employer is not co-operative in the assignment he gives you when you are getting back to work; thus hindering your recovery.
  • Your WSIB claim is termed void due to your disagreement with the employer.

When you as a worker are faced with such a situation it is likely that you are not in a position to go back to the work due to some reason or the other. Every day that passes without work and without earning any wages becomes a great burden on you. There are times in which you need proper guidance and counselling.

This article is aimed to give you exactly that, help you out in tough situations:

  • Acting wisely: At times like this it is best not to take rash decisions. You do have the option of appealing the WSIB decision. However you need to act wisely. You also have the option of using sick days or vacation days. In addition to which you can also apply for a short term or long term disability benefits. However you need to also take your future health and financial well-being into consideration.
  • Protecting your own interests: Your next step is entirely up to you. You do have the option of appealing the claim. It is advisable to gather all the necessary information prior to taking the next step. This is a good time to consult a professional. There are several professional consulting agencies that can help you in such a situation. Agencies like Safety First Consulting are well equipped and have all the experience you need to help handle such a situation.

How Safety First can help you in the WSIB compensation process:

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As per the statistics released in 2012 approximately 4628 workers were killed while on the job. A more recent example is the accident that occurred in the mines in Turkey. This occurred in May 2014 and more than 250 people from many different countries were killed.

Safety First Consulting Professional Corporation is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). Our paralegal team provides a widespread WSIB claims Ontario management system that is designed to reduce and control an employer’s costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses. Our pro-active program begins at the point of occurrence and continues to the final resolution of the claim with a rapid response.

Safety First Consulting is a firm that provides a vast range of services. it is a licensed paralegal firm regulated by the Law Society of Upper Canada. They work hard to control the costs of everyone involved be it the employers or the workers (employees). The get actively involved in the process from the time of occurrence of the incident, right up to the final resolution of the claim.

Besides Safety First Consulting also help out people with Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Appeals. They provide representation as well as assistance for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). It goes without saying that the claims process is very complicated but choosing Safety First makes the process easy as far as your role is concerned.