Accidents at work are happening even when owners and managers of firms are trying to introduce workplace safety measures and precautions. What is most important is that the way employees respond to accidents at work is fair to the injured and in accordance with the law. In the event of an accident occurring by the superior, he/she must know the exact protocol in order to best assist the injured person in accordance with the law.
Workplace accidents are more common than you might think. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), UK businesses lost 4.7 million working days in 2008 due to injury. If there is an accident in your workplace, what are your obligations and what can you do to ensure that it does not happen again?
The steps you need to take
- You must first take care of the person who is injured.
By law, you must provide first aid equipment including sterile pliers and bandages, and ensure staff knows where to find it. Your employees’ safety comes first. Call 911 if it is an emergency. If it is not, transport the injured employee to a medical facility.
- You must provide the place where the accident happened.
The site of any serious accident should be secured for investigative purposes. You are obliged to report some work-related accidents. If one of your staff is seriously injured, you are legally obliged under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) to report the incident to the HSE Incident Contact Center as soon as possible.
- You must fill out the paperwork in accordance with the law.
An incident report should be completed and any claims should be reported to your worker’s compensation insurance carrier within 24 hours of the incident.
- You need to help an employee get back to work after an accident, and you need to improve workplace safety.
Make safety a priority, establish a relationship with a medical provider, and plan ahead for transitional modified jobs. In this way employers will be able to deal with work-related injury should one occur.
- Stay up to date with legislative changes to remain compliant.
Keep records of any serious incidents and injuries. This is a legal requirement. The information should include the date, time, and a brief description of what happened. Do not ever ignore hazards, forget to involve staff or neglect new legislation.