Addressing Work-Related Injuries: A Guide for Employers

Do you know what to do when your employees get injured in the workplace?

Work-related injuries occur every 2.8 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers. Getting a work-related injury can lead to plenty of paperwork and question.

How will you, as their employer, address the work-related injury? This guide will teach you the most common work-related injuries. Read on to learn the steps on addressing them.

What Is Considered As A Work-Related Injury?

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) creates the boundaries for work-related injuries. As long as you get injured in the work environment, you can consider it a work-related injury. However, OHSA’s definition of work-related injuries is quite vague, so here are some specific examples.

Fainting

Loss of consciousness or fainting is a recordable incident, even in a non-recordable event. There is no need for injury or treatment to record fainting. For example, an employee gets injured at work with blood showing from the injury.

Another coworker sees the blood and faints. He or she explains that they cannot tolerate seeing blood or they have hemophobia. Since the incident happened in a work-related event, it’s a recordable work-related injury.

Overexertion

Injuries caused by long-periods of repetitive actions are the most common work-related injuries. The incident will get recorded since it’s a factor contributing to the injury. Here are some examples of repetitive actions that can lead to long-term injury:

  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Lifting supplies and inventory
  • Moving patients
  • Sitting at a desk
  • Typing on your keyboard
  • Using construction tools

You may experience lower-back pains to chronic joint injuries. Workers compensation typically covers these injuries, eliminating the need for claims.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips and trips are common in workplaces with poor lighting or uneven walking surfaces. A common reason is slipping on a wet floor, causing sprains and light injuries. Falls from high heights can cause an employee to get broken bones or tissue injuries.

Machinery Accidents

Working with machinery can cause various accidents, from flying tools to getting hit by heavy machinery. Poor training and faulty equipment are common reasons for machinery injuries. Mechanical hazards are easy to avoid with proper training on machinery.

Violence

Injuries caused by animals and people can occur due to violent acts. Employees may resort to violence during disputes or bring domestic violence issues to the workplace. Insect stings and animal bites are also a work-related injury if it’s in your occupation.

Transportation Incidents

If it’s in your line of work to drive, car accidents are part of work-related injuries. For example, when an employee gets injured when running errands for the boss or making deliveries. Personal errands or commuting for work will likely have their claim denied.

Who Pays For Work Related Injuries?

If an employee gets injured at work, you have to pay them for work-related injuries as their employer. You have to pay a portion of their salary while they recover from the injury. The pay does not come from the company’s funds, but it comes from your company’s insurance company.

Steps When Faced With Work-Related Injuries

Ensure the safety of your employees by knowing how to address work-related injuries. As their employer, you should know preventive measures and how to act when an employee gets injured. Below are steps to handle work-related injuries or illnesses properly.

Prepare For Any Work-Related Injury

The first step is to plan and prepare ways to reduce the chance of workplace injuries. Start by creating response plans for the different work-related injuries. Train both the supervisors and employees on the emergency and safety response plans.

They should know how to use and where to find first-aid kits for most injuries. Be sure to provide emergency contacts for all employees to keep track. You should also assign a professional safety officer for certain dangerous work.

Respond Immediately

When someone gets hurt, act fast and have a trained medical officer apply first-aid. Call an ambulance immediately if your employee needs immediate medical attention. Move the injured workers to a safer and comfortable area, then ask other employees to stay clear.

Check with the other employees if they have any injuries. Be sure to also apply first aid to those with lighter injuries. Access the severity of the injury and causes to help you with making an injury claim.

Investigate the Scene

Be sure to limit access to the accident area to avoid secondary incidents. Secure the materials and equipment involved for investigative purposes. Write down all the relevant details and ask for witness testimonies.

Complete Necessary Paperwork

Once you have all the details about the accident, you need to place the details in official paperwork. Create an incident report and claims for the worker’s compensation and insurance. Make sure you outline the process and return-to-work business policies.

Report the Work-Related Injuries

Work-related injuries need to in a detailed report to give to OSHA. Reporting work-related injuries will help attest claims to get the insurance. Make sure you include all information, from the name to the nature of the injury.

Don’t forget to consider how long to report a work related injury before getting a fine. In most states, you have 30 to 60 days to report the work-related injury. Failure to do so will lead to the rejection of the worker’s compensation benefits.

Establish Return-to-Work Programs

Many work-related injuries can lead to employees taking weeks to months off their job. The longer they’re away, the harder it will be for them to return to employment. A return-to-work program will help your employees be productive again.

The programs can keep your employees away from long-term disability. It provides a flexible arrangement for employees who can no longer do their previous duties. Preserve their confidence, skills, and connection to the company with return-to-work programs.

Be Ready to Address Work-Related Injuries

Make sure you keep in contact with your injured employees and support them through the process. You need to stay vigilant, active, and responsive when dealing with work-related injuries. Keep your workspace safe by checking out the rest of our safety guides today!