Workers' Compensation

As required by law, MIT provides Workers' Compensation Insurance that pays benefits when you are injured or become ill as a result of your MIT employment.

Find detailed guidance for managers, including time sheet instructions, under Publications below.


You are eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits from the first day you are employed by MIT.

Who is NOT eligible
  • visitor
  • contractor
  • affiliate
  • honorary lecturer
  • non-MIT student program worker
  • international visiting student
  • post-doctoral fellow
  • paid by MITemps

For Employees Injured on the Job

Emergency contact information

  • Campus: Dial 100 from a campus phone or 617-253-1212. Off-campus, call 911.
  • Lincoln Laboratory: Call 911 (from a landline if possible).

Following a work-related injury

Note: Assessments regarding injuries cannot be made retroactively.

1.    Report to your supervisor that you have had a work-related injury. Your supervisor is required to file an online injury report within 24 hours of the incident. They may need to obtain information from you and any witnesses about the incident. Failure to do so may interfere with and possibly jeopardize your Workers' Compensation coverage.
2.    An employee who has been injured or becomes ill as a result of their employment at the Institute should seek immediate medical attention and should notify their supervisor as soon as practicable. For emergencies, employees should call MIT Police or 911. For non-emergencies, employees should seek care with an urgent care facility, MIT Health, or the employee's primary care provider for their first visit. You will need to get a medical note documenting the outcome of your medical visit to provide to your supervisor and the MIT Workers' Compensation office. The note must indicate whether or not you are able to return to work.

Next steps

See Instructions for Employees Injured on the Job under Publications below for what to do following initial medical treatment and for wage replacement information.

For Supervisors

Report any work-related injury or illness in Atlas:

 Report an Injury

Payroll time administrators must enter the correct pay code for industrial accidents. See our detailed guidance for managers under Publications below.

Have Questions?

Contact the Workers' Compensation Office:

MIT Main Campus

MIT Workers' Compensation
77 Massachusetts Avenue, NE49-5000
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-9496
Fax: (617) 253-1502

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Office

Lincoln Laboratory Environmental Health and Safety
244 Wood Street, Room S1-130
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 981-2382
Fax: (781) 981-0145