Accident/Incident Reporting (for Workers)

All accidents/incidents involving UBC workers (faculty, staff & student workers) or practicum students must be immediately reported to the responsible supervisor and then on-line through the UBC Centralized Accident/Incident Reporting System (CAIRS).

If you are from the UBC Okanagan campus, please follow the procedures and report through UBCO Health, Safety and Environment.

Report an Accident/Incident (UBC CAIRS)

All incidents and accidents that occur in UBC work spaces must reported immediately to your supervisor. It is against the law to discourage or not report an injury or accident that has occurred in your workplace.

If you have been injured, the following steps must be taken:

  1. If the injury is serious and has a risk of being fatal, call 911 immediately!;
  2. Contact the UBC Vancouver campus mobile first aid attendant at 604-822-4444;
  3. After the injuries have been attended to, follow the steps to report the accident/incident.

Note: UBC workplaces outside the Vancouver campus will have their own first aid procedures. Ask your supervisor to learn more.

To report an accident/incident, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Ensure the person responsible for your workplace (i.e. your supervisor) is notified;
  2. Injured/ill workers must go to the UBC CAIRS site and fill out the accident/incident form (Person Involved in Incident Report);
  3. If you have seen a doctor or have missed time from work as a result of a work-related injury/illness, you can start a WCB claim by calling the WorkSafeBC Teleclaim Contact Centre at 1.888.WORKERS (1.888.967.5377). A incident/accident report must also be filled out at UBC CAIRS (Person Involved in Incident Report).

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Is this a serious accident/incident that SRS must immediately report to WorkSafeBC?

Safety & Risk Services (SRS) is responsible to immediately report to WorkSafeBC an incident that:

  • Results in serious injury to or the death of a worker;
  • Involves a major structural failure or collapse of a building, bridge, tower, crane, hoist, temporary construction support system or excavation
  • Involves the major release of a hazardous substance;
  • Involves a fire or explosion that had potential for causing serious injury to a worker;
  • Is an incident required by the regulation to be reported.

If the incident falls within any of the above categories and occurs during weekday working hours, contact SRS at 604-822-2029 to immediately notify them. They will work with you to ensure the incident/accident is reported to WorkSafeBC immediately.

If you can’t reach SRS or the incident occurs outside of working hours, on weekends, or holidays, contact Campus Security (604-822-2222) to report and ask them to immediately page the on-call SRS resource.

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If I am unable to work, how do I receive compensation for my injury?

Workers’ Compensation is an accident and disability insurance benefit set up under the Workers Compensations Act to help protect workers and employers against the financial impact of work related injuries. If your reported claim through CAIRS is accepted by WorkSafeBC, UBC Workplace Health Services (Human Resources), provides a Remain at Work/Return to Work Program for injured and/or ill employees to assist workers to maintain productive employment.

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How do I know if I am covered by WorkSafeBC?

Not everyone at UBC is covered by WorkSafeBC. Below is a list of people who are and are not covered through WorkSafeBC:

Covered by WorkSafeBC

  • UBC Staff;
  • UBC Faculty;
  • Paid students;
  • Practicum/Clinical Placement Students.

Not covered by WorkSafeBC

  • Unpaid UBC Students;
  • Visitors;
  • Residents;
  • Contractors.

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