The construction industry is well known for its strong emphasis on keeping all sites safe and ensuring that employees are protected from getting harmed at work. Unfortunately, even with all the safety protocols that have been put in place in construction sites, workers still get injured at work due to unforeseen hazards.
If you’ve gotten injured on-site, you may be asking yourself what your boss should do about this situation. The following information lists the most important duties your employer is obliged to fulfill.
The most important duty that an employer has should you get injured on a construction site is to have prepared you for such an occasion long before. An employer can prepare you through safety training that’ll help you avoid getting injured and know what to do should you get hurt at work.
This training must equip you with enough knowledge to use first-aid kits located at easily accessible points throughout the construction site. The training must include a quick response drill that’ll ensure that someone who gets injured on site is attended to promptly. All employees must go through it, including supervisors.
Your employer must ensure that you are taken care of immediately when you get injured on site by ensuring that there are first responders to provide you basic medical attention. These first responders should be capable of assessing what kind of care you’ll need depending on how badly injured you are. If it’s serious, 911 must be contacted.
Your supervisors must let the HR department know what happened so you can quickly get medical attention at a medical assistance facility affiliated with the company. Should this not be done, you’ll need the help of Stephen Babcock. Stephen and other attorneys at Babcock Injury Law Firm, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, specialize in litigating personal injury cases and have worked on high-profile cases valuing millions of dollars collectively.
If you didn’t suffer severe injury or if you feel fine after getting badly injured, your employer must document the incident as soon as possible. The reason behind that is your employer needs to get the most accurate account of the incident. That means approaching you about it while it’s still fresh in your mind.
In addition to your account, your employer will have to keep all kinds of evidence from the accident site, like equipment, video footage, and pictures, safe. You may also be requested to inform your superiors in writing about symptoms you may suffer from later that could be related to the injury.
The details that your employer will collect about the accident will help in informing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Your employer is required to inform OSHA on the telephone should you get a serious injury or sickness while at work by the law or should you die.
However, for all less severe illnesses or work-related injuries, your employer is only required to fill out an OSHA Log 300 form.
Jumping the hoops to get compensation
When you get injured at work, your employer is supposed to give you a claim form that you will have to fill in to get your workers’ compensation. Your employer will also have to report the incident to the company’s workers’ compensation insurance provider and submit an Employer’s Report of Accident form.
This form contains the employer’s view of the accident and documented facts that support it. When you’re done filling in your claim form, your employer will submit both documents. To speed up the process, your employer will have to establish an open line of communication with all parties involved.