Accidents happen, and sometimes they occur at work. Knowing what to do when an injury happens on the job ensures everyone stays safe and receives the care they need.
Being familiar with the proper procedures and steps to follow after an injury can help the process go smoothly.
Report the injury immediately
As soon as an injury occurs, inform a supervisor or manager. Even if the injury seems minor, always report it. Some injuries may not show symptoms right away, but they can become serious later on. This can be especially true for musculoskeletal injuries, of which 250,000 injuries at work happen annually.
Seek medical attention
If the injury is severe, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If it is not an emergency, still seek medical care as soon as possible. Remember to keep all medical records and documents. These will serve as proof of the injury and the medical care received.
Document the incident
Write a detailed account of what happened. Include the date, time, location and any witnesses. Describe the events leading up to the injury, the injury itself and any actions taken afterward. This documentation can be useful for any subsequent investigations or discussions with management.
Cooperate with the investigation
Most workplaces have procedures for investigating workplace injuries. Participate in any required interviews or meetings. Answer questions honestly and provide all the information about the incident.
Follow doctor’s advice
After seeking medical attention, follow all recommendations and treatment plans. This ensures a proper recovery and minimizes complications.
Understand rights and responsibilities
Every employee has rights when injured at work. Familiarize oneself with the workplace’s policies and procedures regarding workplace injuries. Also, understand the responsibilities. This includes reporting the injury, seeking medical care and cooperating with investigations.
Stay in communication
Maintain regular communication with the employer about the status of the injury and any changes in health. Provide updates on medical treatments and when the doctor will clear you to go back to work.
Injuries at work can be stressful. However, by following these steps, employees can ensure they get the care they need.