Why You Should Report an On-Site Injury

Accident ReportMistakes happen, we get it. But what happens if an injury occurs on the job? Who is held responsible and what are the proper steps to take in order to protect yourself? In 2012, there was an average of 672 workers injured on the job every day and the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries were reported by private industry employers in 2013.

When an accident is not reported, an employer can deny you medical treatment and out of work benefits. In order for workers’ compensation to be applicable, the proper protocol must be followed. Some organizations such as TRC Staffing Services require a certain process to be implemented when a work-related injury or illness occurs. Remembering to pay attention to the timeline of the incident is important and in most cases, employers will ask for immediate notice. If you fail to report the incident in a timely manner, it could result in your claim being denied.

After the incident occurs, make sure you dot your I’s and cross your T’s by taking the right steps with your current employer. If you are working with a staffing service, make sure you notify them as soon as possible. The sooner you report the incident, the better. This will make sure you receive the proper medical treatment immediately. If the incident was submitted to your employer months after it occurred or even not at all, it can be difficult to prove that it happened at work. Even if you are questioning the seriousness of the injury, always move forward with reporting the accident in order to guarantee yourself protection.

All injuries must be correctly reported and in compliance with your state workers’ compensation laws. Depending on where you live, this process will vary, so be sure to confirm which laws apply to you. If possible, report the incident in writing or in front of your co-workers that may have witnessed the situation. In the Warehouse Industry alone, there were a total of 16 fatalities in 2011 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics from forklift/truck accidents, loading dock injuries, or overexertion. A recent article published by Workplace Safety Advice indicates that the most common ‘over-three-day-injury was caused by handling, lifting, or carrying large pieces of equipment. In these types of jobs, utilize safe work practices such as wearing personal protective equipment or operate heavy pieces of machinery only if you have been properly trained and certified.

Reporting an accident that occurred on the job might sound like a no brainer, but not following the proper procedures can have serious repercussions down the road. On the bright side, injuries that are reported correctly can also reduce similar incidents from occurring in the future. And always remember to protect yourself by implementing safe practices in the work-place!

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