Reporting an accident serves two purposes. First, it provides a record of the accident in the event that the employee seeks compensation. Additionally, a record of accidents or near misses can draw attention to hazards or dangerous practices.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) record keeping regulations require employers to prepare and record injury and illness events on the OSHA 300 Log. In September 2014, OSHA announced changes concerning the industries that are required to keep accident records. These changes are effective on January 1, 2015.
Organizations should have a system for reporting accident and near miss events so that they can be tracked and recorded. For example, the supervisor should be informed after an accident. The supervisor is responsible for actions such as summoning medical help, completing an investigation report, and implementing measures to avoid repeat events.
- The accident investigation’s purpose is to identify what caused the event so that a similar occurrence can be avoided in the future. Additionally, an investigation is required to determine if disciplinary action is required. Any disciplinary action taken, for example, in the event that an employee continues to put others in danger by not following safety procedures, can be formulated with legal assistance in conjunction with human resources personnel.
- According to AllLaw.com, if an employee is hurt at work, an accident report should immediately be completed. An employee could be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits, but the report must be filed typically within 30 days of an accident or when an injury is first noticed. Your employer should provide you with a claim form for worker’s compensation, or one can be obtained from the state worker’s compensation board.
- The form requires a description of the nature of the injury, how it occurred, the individuals involved, and the date, time, and location of the accident. The form will also ask you to describe any treatment that you have received for the illness or injury. This form should be given to your employer with a copy for yourself, who will submit it for consideration with respect to workers’ compensation.
Report any near misses or accidents to your supervisor.
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