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What to Do When an Injury Happens
Sep 16, 2015

WHAT TO DO WHEN AN INJURY HAPPENS!

THE FOLLOWING IS A CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU OR A CO-WORKER IS INJURED AT WORK. USE YOUR JUDGEMENT ON WHAT YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY DO BASED ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES AT THE TIME. REMEMBER: DO NOT BE INSUBORDINATE AND DO COMPLY WITH COMPANY RULES.

  1. PERSONAL BELONGINGS & LOCKERS
    • PROTECT THEM FROM UNINVITED SEARCHES.
  2. AVOID DISCUSSING THE INCIDENT
    • YOU MAY INADVERTENTLY SAY SOMETHING WHICH MAY NOT HELP YOU OR AN INJURED CO-WORKER.
  3. WITNESSES
    • KNOW WHO THE WITNESSES ARE OR COULD BE.
    • DID THEY REALLY SEE OR HEAR ANYTHING?
  4. EVIDENCE
    • PRESERVE ALL POTENTIAL EVIDENCE.
  5. PICTURES
    • HAVE PICTURES TAKEN OF EVERYTHING.
  6. COMPANY OFFICERS
    • REMEMBER: PROTECT YOURSELF. COMPANY OFFICERS AND CLAIMS AGENTS HAVE A JOB TO DO FOR THE COMPANY.
  7. STATEMENTS
    • AVOID GIVING STATEMENTS TO ANYONE UNTIL YOU GET LEGAL ADVICE.
      •  IF YOU MUST TALK TO A COMPANY OFFICER, DO IT WITH A WITNESS AND/OR UNION REPRESENTATIVE.
  8. RE-ENACTMENTS
    • IF POSSIBLE, AVOID PARTICIPATING IN RE-ENACTMENTS.
  9. MEDICAL CARE & TREATMENT
    • IF YOU BELIEVE YOU NEED MEDICAL TREATMENT, GET IT IMMEDIATELY.
    • IF YOU ARE PREVENTED FROM GETTING IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE YOU NEED TO CALL YOUR LOCAL CHAIRPERSON; DOCUMENT WHO DENIED YOU THE RIGHT TO GET MEDICAL CARE AND WHEN AND WHERE IT OCCURRED. YOU CONTROL YOUR MEDICAL CARE. KEEP OTHERS OUT OF EXAMINING ROOMS.
  10. MEDICAL RELEASES
    • MEDICAL RECORDS AND TREATMENT ARE PRIVILEGED; KEEP IT THAT WAY; 
    • DO NOT SIGN ANY MEDICAL RELEASES WITHOUT LEGAL ADVICE.
  11. GET LEGAL ADVICE QUICKLY

 
 
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