The simple truth is that accidents happen, even in the workplace. When they do, panic and confusion can lead us to react in ways that do nothing to help resolve the situation and prevent further harm. At WorkSTEPS, we want to be sure that you and your employees are equipped with the knowledge of how to react in the event of an accident in the workplace.
Four Steps to Handling Workplace Accidents
Should tragedy strike in your workplace, you need to be ready to leap into action right away. The easiest way to prepare is to have a plan. In the event of an emergency or accident, follow these steps:
- Take care of your employee first. Whether this involves simply checking on the employee, engaging in life-saving action such as CPR, or calling an ambulance, treating and caring for your injured employee is priority number one.
- Secure the scene of the accident. Once your injured employee is properly cared for, you want to prevent other employees from harm by ensuring that they steer clear of the accident site. You also want to preserve the scene so that insurance agents can properly investigate the cause of the accident.
- Do your paperwork. You should fill out an incident report and file any claims for workers’ compensation within 24 hours of the accident. You will also be required to fill out the OSHA form 300 as a record of the incident.
- Create a return-to-work plan. Once your injured employee is feeling better, you want to figure out the best way to get him or her back in the workplace smoothly. This process often includes transitional or modified jobs that can help ease the employee back into the workplace without stress or strain.
By knowing exactly what to do, you can protect your employees and yourself from further harm or legal action. Our pre- and post-employment evaluations can also help you prevent the occurrence of any such accidents.
Contact a WorkSTEPS Representative Today
You may want to customize your accident preparedness plan to fit your unique needs. If you have questions about this process, or feel that you and your employees could benefit from accident training, contact us by calling 512-617-4100 today.