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Workplace accidents don't need to happen. Yet every day people get injured on the job. Preventing injuries at work is everyone's business: employers, workers, health care providers, and WorkSafeBC. By working together, we can prevent workplace injury and disease.
WorkSafeBC works to prevent injuries by:
The compensation system is funded by the employers of B.C. through their assessments, known as premiums. Additional income is generated through investments. The revenue collected pays for the benefits and programs of the workers' compensation system in B.C. It is illegal for an employer to deduct, directly or indirectly, any amount from workers' wages to cover the costs of premiums.
Return-to-work programs help injured or sick workers return to work as soon as safely possible after a workplace injury or illness. Our programs are based on the philosophy that many workers can safely work as part of their recovery process. This benefits both the employer and the worker.
A return-to-work program is facilitated by a team working together to help injured workers on their road to recovery. The team usually consists of the:
There is a series of priorities for a successful return to work, which are:
WorkSafeBC collects insurance premiums from employers to cover the cost of workplace insurance. Premiums are based on the assessable earnings of workers. The premiums we collect from employers pay the costs associated with work-related injuries and diseases, including health care, wage loss, rehabilitation, and administration.
Our insurance program protects employers against liability in a fair
and equitable way.