Recently, at least one of your employees was injured on the job. You feel terrible about this and want to do everything in your power to promote their speedy recovery. Providing direct support — i.e., workers’ compensation and get well wishes — to the accident victim(s) is crucial, but it’s also important to create proper records of the incident.
In total, 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you haven’t done so already, find out why you need to join the ranks of companies that maintain detailed accident records.
3 Reasons Proper Recordkeeping After an Accident is a Must
Comply With the Law
The Occupational Safety and Health Association requires many employers with more than 10 workers on staff to keep records of serious work-related injuries and illnesses — i.e., those requiring medical treatment beyond first aid. These records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years.
Beyond that, every February through April, employers are required to post a summary of the injuries and illnesses logged the previous year. Additionally, copies of these records must be provided upon request to current and former employees or their representatives.
Observe Injury Patterns
Sometimes accidents are truly a stroke of bad luck, but others may indicate a larger problem. Maintaining proper records makes it easier to identify workplace hazards. When all information is clearly recorded, you’re able to spot patterns that lead to accidents. Numbers don’t lie, so having this information at your fingertips can allow you to connect the dots to factors that repeatedly end in injury.
Strengthen Safety Standards
You can’t do anything to change the past, but you can use accidents as a learning experience. When you keep proper records of every incident, you have the knowledge needed to make positive changes that ensure the same accident won’t happen twice. Implementing safeguards after an incident shows employees you care, which will inspire them to also make safety a priority.
As far as we’re concerned, nothing is more important than worker safety. Check the MAC Incorporated blog regularly to find OSHA updates and other tips designed to help create and maintain safe worksites. If you’re an employer or job seeker who shares our commitment to safety, contact us today to team up!