Workers Compensation and Messengers
All bicycle and foot messengers are automatically covered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB),
formerly the Workers'
Compensation Board, if
injured on the job. It doesn't matter if your company has registered
with WSIB and it doesn't matter if they haven't paid their dues.
Anyone may obtain a copy of the test
complete it to determine whether they are entitled to mandatory
However, in the case of bicycle and foot couriers there is no need to
the organizational test as it states quite clearly on the front page:
NOTE: COURIERS WHO COLLECT OR DELIVER ON FOOT OR BY BICYCLE ARE CONSIDERED WORKERS AND SHOULD NOT COMPLETE THIS FORM.
According to the WSIB if a "worker" is involved in a work related accident but their "employer" does not have an account with the WSIB, "the worker can call the WSIB (1-800-387-5540) to register the claim. The employer is obligated to register with the WSIB and report all accidents. They are subject to penalties for failing to do this. The worker will be covered even if the employer has never registered with the WSIB."
Employers cannot pass the cost of coverage to their workers. There are penalties to employers for doing this.
All bicycle and foot couriers (and car couriers who pass the organizational test) should maintain accurate records of work related accidents. If they get hurt, they should see a doctor. Tell them the truth about all details to ensure coverage. Doctor must report work-related accidents to the WSIB.
Since bicycle and foot couriers are
to mandatory coverage they give up the right to sue their employer
work related accidents. Couriers who deliver by car must complete the
test. If they are determined to be workers they also receive mandatory
coverage. If they are determined to be independent operators they are
covered but may sue if they can establish that the courier company
to the accident in some way.
Claim for Occupational Disease
Under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, if you are injured on the job you can receive compensation benefits while recovering. You also receive compensation benefits if you become sick as result of your job. For example: chronic knee problems from riding or breathing and respiratory problems related to exposure to air pollution.
When to make a claim
You can make a claim if you think that you are ill because of something you did at work or were exposed to during work.
You can make a claim through:
There is no time limit for filing an occupational disease claim.
Setting up a Claim:
You or your physician can call, write, or fax basic information about the diagnosis to the WSIB in order to set up a claim. Your doctor can start by sending into us a Health Professional's Report (form 8)(pdf). Your doctor can obtain the form by calling 1-800-387-0750, or download and complete the form off the WSIB Web site. You can also fill out the Worker's Report of Injury/Disease Form 6 available online. Or you can sign your employer's Form 7 (Employer's Report of Injury/Disease) informing.
Once WSIB receives information about your claim, they will assign a claim number and adjudicator from our Occupational Disease and Survivor Benefits (OD&SB) Program to your case.
What information do I need to provide?
First, you need these facts:
Tell your doctor what substances and
conditions you have been exposed to at work, even if your illness is
Your adjudicator needs information about your exposure and medical treatment. It's helpful if you can:
Some illnesses take many years to develop. It is helpful to have detailed information about your previous jobs and employers, with dates of employment, how long the job lasted, and types of jobs done.