Injury: What Should I Do If a Coworker is Injured?
On-the-job injuries are a very serious matter. In extreme cases, getting an injured worker the right type of care can be a matter of life and death. Here are a few tips you and your coworkers can follow to make sure you are prepared for an on-the-job injury if one ever occurs.
1. Determine the severity of the injury
First, you and your coworkers will want to decide how serious the injury is. Is it a minor cut, a sprain, or pulled muscle? There are situations like this where somebody may need medical attention, but it may not be as urgent as other situations. On the other hand, if a person has lost consciousness, broken a bone, or is losing large amounts of blood, getting the person medical attention needs to happen AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
2. Take Action
If the injury appears less severe, calmly ask the person to stop working and get them what they need. This could be something as simple as a bandage or a glass of water. Ask the person if they are okay and have them sit down for a few moments before returning to work.
When an injury is serious, you need to call 911. They will give you instructions and you should follow them very closely. They may ask you to put pressure on a wound, cool someone down if they are suffering from a heat-related injury, or they may ask you to not move the person to avoid the risk of furthering the injury. Understand that, in situations such as these, getting the person medical attention should be priority. Anything work-related can wait until the injured person is in the hands of medical professionals.
3. Address Safety Concerns
Once the person is in the hands of medical professionals it is time for your employer and your coworkers to address any safety concerns the injury may have brought to light. Hold a meeting and have an open discussion about what could have been done to prevent the injury and also use it as an opportunity to go over emergency procedures. Did everyone involved properly handle the crisis? Was there anything about the way the situation was handled that could have been orchestrated better?
4. Workers Compensation
In most cases, if the injury was work-related, the injured person would be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation. If this is the case, and you know your employer has denied your coworker of these rights, you need to report this immediately.
Remember, if you have suffered from a work-related injury, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Do not allow your claim to be denied. If you are from the Harrisburg, Reading, or Bethlehem area, call 800-COMPHELP for a free consultation.