How to Report a Workplace Accident in Alberta

A workplace accident can happen anywhere and anytime, even when you and the company have taken all reasonable precautions. Each province in Canada has their own Occupational Health and Safety regulations that determine how workers can report workplace accidents or file complaints.

In Alberta, you must call in an injury or incident as soon as possible to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) at 1-866-415-8690 (toll-free) if the accident:

  • results in a death
  • results in a worker staying in hospital for more than 2 days
  • involves an unplanned or uncontrolled explosion, fire or flood that causes or may cause a serious injury
  • involves the collapse or upset of a crane, derrick or hoist
  • involves the collapse or failure of any component of a building or structure

What to do if there’s an incident

1. Do not disturb the scene of a reportable incident unless one of the following applies:

  • you’re directed to do so by a GoA OHS officer
  • you have to attend to someone who’s been injured or killed
  • you have to take action to prevent further injuries
  • you have to protect property that’s endangered by the incident

2. Call OHS

The prime contractor should call in an incident or injury. If there’s no prime contractor, the contractor or employer responsible for the workplace must call in the incident.

When you call, be prepared to provide:

  • location of incident or injury
  • site contact’s name, job title and phone number(s)
  • general descriptions of what happened
  • time and date the injury or incident occurred
  • name of employer
  • employer’s relationship to the worksite (owner, prime contractor, contractor or supplier)
  • injured worker’s name, date of birth, and job title (if applicable)
  • name and location of hospital the worker was taken to (if applicable)

For complete details on occupational health and safety regulations in Alberta and on how to report an incident, visit the Government of Alberta’s official jobs, skill, training and labour website at https://work.alberta.ca/occupational-health-safety/report-an-incident.html