Despite safety measures put in place by the employer, and safety actions taken by the employees, accidents can still happen, and an employee/employee can still get hurt.
What to do after a work injury? the primary and crucial thing to do is to give first aid treatment.
After the first aid treatment has been administered, certain steps also need to be taken by the injured employee/colleagues, depending on how his/her state after sustaining the injury or having an accident.
1 CALL FOR IMMEDIATE HELP.
When an accident occurs, it is obvious that something has gone wrong and cannot be handled alone. Even if it can be handled alone in a workplace, it is necessary to call for help so that other colleagues can gather to know and ascertain what has happened.
Depending on the nature and extent of the injury. It is advisable to check your body. Pay attention to the part that sustained the injury and know what happened to your body.
ASSESSMENT BY WITNESSES.
You may not be able to thoroughly assess your body. So, once your colleagues arrive the accident scene, allow them to do their assessment of you for injuries.
It’s a workplace. An accident has occurred. A staff is injured.
So, evidence is needed for documentation and reference purposes. Witnesses should take pictures of how they met the victim and what got affected.
DEMAND FOR FIRST AID TREATMENT.
While the above is on, it’s necessary to also call for first aid treatment.
Every organization should either have a sick bay or a first aid box. The personnel in charge should be called upon to give the primary employer.
NOTIFY YOUR EMPLOYER
This can be done either by the victim or other staff members who render pictures and videos as pieces of evidence.
INFORM FAMILY MEMBERS.
Things aren’t normal, and something has gone wrong. It is only ideal for informing the close relatives of the victim.
The organization should carry this out, or the injured staff could do it if he so wishes.
GET ACROSS TO YOUR LEGAL ADVOCATE.
To be on the safe side and forestall any future litigation or disagreement between the employer and the victim, the victim should get to his lawyer to inform him/her for further guidance.
INFORM YOUR PROFESSIONAL BODY.
Suppose the employee belongs to a professional body, and the injury sustained during the accident has incapacitated him for a while. In that case, he should get across to his professional body and tender the incident with evidence.
This is to seek support in advance in case an injustice is about to be meted out by the employer.
GET ACROSS TO THE LABOR UNIONS.
All hands must be on deck, and no stone should be left unturned, protecting the rights and interests of the affected staff.
So, the labor union chapter of the industry, the company, and the state should also be aware of the present health situation of one of their members.
Aware of all these moves, the employer will ensure all is done to ensure the affected employee receives adequate treatment.