No matter how careful you are, you can’t completely prevent workplace injuries from occurring. Your response to an injury at work reflects on your company and its senior leaders. Taking the time to establish some safety habits in the event of an injury will pay dividends anytime one of your valuable teammates is hurt. In this post, we look at six different things you can do to improve your response to an injury!
1. Establish A Standard Response For Injuries
Having an established response to injuries helps reduce panic when they occur. You’ll be able to create a much safer environment if your staff knows how to react when they see someone gets injured. The first step in your response has to be to seek medical attention and alert the professionals. With some basic first aid training, you can ensure that you’re maintaining a safe work environment.
It’s worth assessing your work environment and establishing a response to the most common types of injuries. Slip and fall injuries may be common in a warehouse environment, and it makes sense to prepare your team to deal with them.
2. Secure The Scene Of The Accident
After the injured person has been taken care of, you need to analyze the scene of the accident. Part of your team’s response to injury needs to be securing the scene. Securing the scene involves leaving everything as is and ensuring people aren’t adding new elements to the area of the accident. Take lots of pictures and use video to your advantage.
3. Create A Report Of The Incident
Filing an accident report is much easier when the scene is secured. You can include accurate pictures and be detailed about the scene of the injury. Remember to talk to employees who witnessed the injury in order to give a complete assessment of the injury in your report.
To make things easy for your company, do everything you can to cooperate with the injured party’s workers compensation representative. They’ll ask you for documents and your version of events. You may also have to send copies of your documents to your employee’s disability insurance lawyer. Cooperating with them makes the process much more relaxed and helps resolve everything faster.
4. Find Ways To Prevent Future Injuries
As an employer, you have the ability to control many factors that can contribute to injuries at work. Taking steps to prevent the same type of injury from reoccurring shows your commitment to your employees. Make sure you get detailed opinions from everyone to find out what changes you can make. Anytime an accident occurs you should ensure your equipment is safe and current. Regular safety inspections can be part of your efforts to prevent future injuries.
5. Ease The Injured Employee Back Into Their Position
Productivity can drop after an injury which is why it’s important to ease your employees back into the flow after a long absence. Even seemingly insignificant injuries such as sprains and strains can cause workers to miss time and fall out of the loop. Establishing a transitional period or modifying their job can help your employees readjust after being away with an injury.
6. Stay On Top Of The Paperwork
In addition to the incident report, you need to ensure you’re sending any claims your company wants to make to the insurance carriers as soon as possible. Some insurance companies even want you to submit your claim within 24 hours of the accident. You can also calculate an approximate number of how much productivity your company is losing.