What to Do if an Employee Gets Injured at Work

What to Do if an Employee Gets Injured at Work
Claim form for an injury at work with stethoscope.

Last Updated on February 14, 2024 by Nasir Hanif

Are you wondering what to do if an employee is injured at work?

While you should always be as safe as possible, it’s almost inevitable that an employee will experience an injury at work. An employee can injure themselves by slipping and falling, getting hit by a falling object, getting into an auto accident, and more.

So what do you do when an employee has been injured at work?

It turns out, there are a set of rules and regulations to follow. If you have been wondering what to do if your employee experiences an injury at work, this short and simple guide is for you.

Act Fast 

If an employee has been injured at work, the first thing to do is to act fast. Don’t focus on notifying OSHA, leave possibilities, and more. What’s important right now is the employee injury and doing what you need to do to help them.

Get Medical Help

Once there is a workplace injury, you need to get medical help. Whether this is calling 911, arranging for a ride to the hospital, or scheduling the employee a doctor’s visit, get help immediately. Your employee’s well-being should be of the ultimate importance. 

Gather the Facts

Next, if an employee was hurt at work, you need to gather the facts. Talk to the employee, co-workers, supervisors, and more to see what happened. Even if the employee insists that they are fine you still need to document the injury.

Notify OSHA 

One thing you must do with all workplace accidents is to notify OSHA or write it in the OSHA log. If it’s an illness, a serious injury, or death, you need to notify OSHA immediately. It’s not serious, you need to put it in the OSHA log.

Provide the Employee With a Workers Comp Claim 

Part of taking care of the employee is to provide them with a workers comp claim. Your companies workers comp insurance will make sure they get the help they need to recover fully. 

Evaluate Leave Possibilities 

Next, you need to evaluate leave possibilities. Depending on their injury, they may need to be absent for a certain amount of time at work. If this is the case, you need to evaluate their leave possibilities and make sure they have all the time they need.

Prevent Future Injuries 

Now that you know an injury like this can happen, you need to prevent future injuries. Make any adjustments to policies or procedures that you need to prevent this from happening again. 

This Is What to Do if an Employee Gets Injured at Work

Follow these steps immediately if an employee has been injured at work.

The first thing you should do is act fast and know what steps you need to follow. You should also get medical help, gather the facts, and notify OSHA. Providing them with a workers comp claim, evaluating leave possibilities, and preventing future injuries will help you in the long run.

Follow these steps anytime an employee experiences an injury at work.

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