Effective Workplace Injury Management for Employers

Steps to Successful Workplace Injury Management

You hoped to finish 2023 without any more accidents, but life had other plans. Workplace injuries sometimes seem inevitable, but there are proactive strategies you can take once one happens. Like anything, being as prepared as possible is key.

Review your policies:

Do you have new equipment or a new model of machine you’re using?  Update your policies as much as possible, especially when any change is made to any equipment you’re using or a new version of something has been released.  Take note of questions new staff members might have who have been working with other companies and similar industries, and they may have some insight that can improve your workplace injury policies. It is better to be critical of your policies and documents and find areas for improvement than to wait until an accident actually occurs.  Be proactive in your review of your policies, and you will save lives and reduce workplace injuries. Evaluate your leave policies as well, and be sure to pad the budget with extra money to make sure you’re safely taking care of any accidents and supporting employees during their leave.

Workplace Injury Plan and Timeline:

Consider everything, from transportation to the hospital or doctor to who will call 911 if needed.  Who is responsible for what? For example, who is responsible for injury evaluation after the accident, who will be documenting everything, and how are they going to be trained on this?  Consider the level of care and employee needs and don’t overreact in a situation as well. For example, an employee with a deep cut may experience long wait times at the emergency room, and it may be better suited to have a doctor who is available on call or a physician that you go to. Don’t make the decision of whether an ER visit is necessary unless you’re a trained medical professional, but have different options and use your best judgment.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

Depending on the severity of the accident, you may need to notify OSHA. Failure to do so can result in fees and further legal action.

How is the rest of the team?

Were there people who witnessed the accident, and do they need counseling or other support?  How will you update the rest of the team? Will it be oral communication, a memo, or a written notice? Who will be visiting and checking in on the employee and their family and friends who were impacted. 

Post-Accident Collection

Was there drug or alcohol use during or before this accident?  Don’t assume you know, and instead follow proper testing procedures to ensure this does not happen again if drug abuse is involved.

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