Most employed workers in Ontario are protected by WSIB insurance which is a requirement of most (but not all) employers. In the event of debilitating injuries, a worker may file a claim for benefits. If the WSIB claim is approved, a range of activity and services will be offered.
Assistance may be extended financial support while off work for a period of time while recuperating. Special medical services may be offered as needed and as well a return to work plan will be developed. In some cases, simply returning to your previous work will be sufficient, in other cases, retraining may be required. In that event, a process will be developed between the client and WSIB staff to assess and determine the appropriate skills needed and the way in which to obtain them. In other extreme cases, a client may not be able to return to work at all and a longer term benefit will be determined, again between the client and WSIB.
The most essential point with workplace safety is to be aware of your working conditions and do not allow yourself to be put into a dangerous situation. Be aware of your personal work habits and assess the work environment carefully.
Please contact the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board directly at 1-800-387-0750 for exact information.
Or visit their website at: WSIB