Nobody likes them, but accidents do happen. Its extremely important that you know what steps to take as soon as an employee gets hurt in your business. By following through with quick action, you’ll have a smooth and less complicated process in recovering the situation.
Seek Help For Your Employee
Above anything else, your employee’s health comes first. Take quick action as soon as the injury happens. Whether it means calling 911, or arranging for someone to take the employee to the hospital. Keep a first aid kid on hand for minor injuries. It’s always a good idea to encourage employees to take CPR training, solid preparation may prepare them to possibly save a life someday.
Communicate With Insurer
An HR member should immediately get in touch with it’s workers compensation insurer. You can do this through the use of an incident reporting form. This form allows the injured employee to document the times and details of the accident while the incident is still fresh.
Check Reinstatement Requirements
The employee may use the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) which is a federal law that provides certain employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave without threat of job loss. The employee will still retain health benefits as if he or she were still working. The FMLA will require you (as an employer) to hold that person’s job or one that is similar in pay and responsibilities. However, once FMLA runs out, state laws will decide for you whether you’re required to reinstate the employee.
Your safest bet is to hold the employee’s position and have duties handled by other employees or contract workers during absence. If you can’t work it out this way, consult an attorney to help you determine what other methods to take to protect your business.
Remember to take quick action when an employee is injured at work. This will help avoid escalation and further problems, as an injury on the job is already a big problem in itself. By following these tips, your business will be able to help employees in the event of an occupational injury as well as creating a safe workplace and keeping important information at hand. Good luck!
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