The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a federal law that aims to ensure that every employee in the country is safe and healthy as they go about their work. Yet, despite an employer’s best efforts, accidents can still happen in the workplace. If that day comes for one of your employees, it’s critical that you, as their employer, know what to do. According to occupational health services, here are four important things for you to do if an employee is injured on the job:
Seek medical attention for the employee
Getting medical help for the injured individual is always the most important first step in ensuring your employee’s safety as well as protecting yourself. Call 911 if the injury requires immediate medical attention. Even if the resulting injury is not life-threatening, you should still encourage your employee to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
Make a detailed report of the accident
It’s essential that you collect the facts surrounding the injury right away in order to keep a record of the incident and clarify any dispute that may arise later on. Interview employees who witnessed the accident, take photos of the place where the accident occurred and secure video footage if you have them. Aside from providing you with your own record, doing so ensures that you comply with OSHA reporting and recordkeeping policies.
Evaluate your legal liability
As an employer and owner of the premises where the injury occurred, you may have to cover a portion or all of the injured employee’s medical expenses, and if necessary, put him/her on short/long term disability leave as well. Likewise, you must be prepared for when your employee files a claim against you, so make sure you stay on top of paperwork that involve workers’ compensation and health progression reports. You may also want to contact your medical and insurance provider about work restrictions and if light-duty work is possible during the recovery phase.
Businesses need to invest heavily in workplace injury prevention. Aside from implementing safety measures, you need to partner with occupational health specialists such as U.S. HealthWorks who can help ensure that your employees are in the best of health.
(Workplace Injuries Happen – A Plan of Action Can Help (and Save You $$), SBA.gov)