The worst has happened. An employee has been injured at work. When it comes to this situation, it’s difficult not to be overwhelmed with stress, concern, and absolute panic. There are some pieces of key information that every employer should know in the event of a workplace injury. Below are the ways in which you can best prepare, and what to do should an accident occur in the workplace.
1. Accidents Do Happen
First of all, calm down and reaffirm to yourself that accidents do, in fact, happen. They occur daily in workplaces across the globe. No matter how many precautions are put into place, sometimes accidents can still happen. Remind yourself that there are steps that can be taken to best deal with the situation and ensure that the employee’s claim for compensation (if applicable) goes smoothly. Check out www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk for further expert information on workplace injury claims.
2. Record Everything
Records are crucial when it comes to accidents in the workplace. Ensure that the correct information is recorded as accurately as possible, and in an accident book, so that it can be referred to when any compensation claim is raised. Flag up any aspects of a health and safety report that are of interest for a specific workplace injury claim.
3. Sick Pay
If an employee has to take time away from work due to an accident or injury incurred at work, it is an employer’s responsibility to provide the correct sick pay. In most cases, those who have to take time off will only be entitled to statutory sick pay, however, there may be a need to provide further pay under such circumstances. Communicate clearly with an employee if there will be any additional payments made outside of what is stated in their contract.
4. Handling A Compensation Claim
If all the relevant information surrounding the accident in the workplace has been recorded accurately in a reports book, the process of a compensation claim is generally not difficult to deal with. By law, an employer must be able to pay out compensation for an injury or accident that has taken place at work under their insurance. Be sure to comply wholly with those involved in the process to avoid any difficulties from arising. It’s always best to be as reasonable and as understanding as possible.
5. Prevent Accidents And Offer Empathy
An employee won’t want to experience another workplace injury just as an employer won’t want to be in a position where they have to pay out a compensation claim. Therefore it’s wise to update health and safety reports and identify where the accident could have been prevented. When an employee is ready to return to work, reassure them and the rest of the workforce that the issue has been dealt with, demonstrating that employee safety comes first.
By knowing the key pieces of information above, every employer will be best prepared when it comes to the worst happening – an accident occurring in the workplace.