Why must incident/injury reports be completed in a timely manner?
Steps to Reporting an On the Job Incident or Injury
Workplace incidents resulting in injuries are all too common. State and local regulations require on-the-job incidents and injuries to be reported as soon as the danger has passed and the employee is safe but within 24 hours of the event. OSHA requires notification of fatalities within 8 hours of the event and hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss within 24 hours. Employees should seek immediate medical attention if injury is suspected.
Employees are required to complete an incident or injury form to report any work-related injury, illness, or “near miss” incident, no matter how minor. Incident and injury reports help companies improve their safety protocols and keep workers safe. If an employee is involved in a workplace incident, they must complete the report within 24 hours of the event. In the event that an employee cannot complete the report within that time frame, the employee’s immediate supervisor must complete the report with assistance from any witnesses to the incident or injury. Copies of the report will be forwarded to the appropriate agencies and be kept on file in the company office for a period of five years.
To complete an incident/injury report:
Government regulators require notification of all workplace accidents within eight hours.
Companies want to ensure that potential hazards are addressed immediately before other incidents occur.
Managers want to hurry up and determine the company’s liability for an employee’s potential injuries.
If the employee wants to sue the company for injuries or pain and suffering, the event must be documented immediately.
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