You’ve posted signs. You’ve held safety training sessions. You keep your hallways clear of debris and your entryway free from weather hazards. But despite your best efforts, an accident has happened.
How you and your employees respond to an accident is important.
- The health of your employee comes first
In an emergency situation, call 911. Make sure your employee is transported to a medical care facility where s/he can be evaluated and treated. If possible, consult the medical provider designated by your workers comp carrier. A walk-in clinic may be closest to the accident.
- Secure the site
The scene of an accident needs to be secured quickly as there may be a follow-up investigation, especially of the accident was serious. Secure and save any equipment or materials that were involved in the accident. Limit the access to the scene until your receive the all clear.
- Complete the paperwork
Once you’ve secured the scene and safety is assured, your must complete the proper paperwork. An incident report will need to be completed and if the injury is to an employee than it will need to be filed with your workers’ comp carrier within 24 hours. OSHA recordkeeping requires employers to maintain records of work-related injuries. Check with your carrier or insurance agent as soon as possible if you have questions.
- Put together a return-to-work program
Help your ill or injured employees make the transition back to work as quickly as you can. Some injuries, including strains, can result in weeks off the job. The longer your employees are away, the more difficult it may be for them to return to being productive. You can help by considering a transitional modified work program or by contacting you insurance carrier or agent.
At G&A, we have over 50 years of combined experience protecting businesses from risk. We’re always happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have.