As a business owner, you work hard to keep your employees safe. When an accident occurs at your business, it’s important to take the necessary steps to improve the environment for your employees to ensure that the accident does not happen again. Here, we’ll take a look at the immediate next steps you need to take in order to move forward following a workplace accident.
Take Care of Any Injured Parties
Before you worry about anything else, ensure that the employee or employees who were injured get the medical attention that they need. Don’t panic–instead, work calmly to get the employee help, even if you’re not sure whether their injury is severe. Even if the mistake was their fault for not following procedures, show care and compassion as you work to ensure that they get the help required to get well. Inform their families of the incident if they are unable to do so themselves, and stay with the employee until their next of kin arrives to take over at the hospital.
Be Up-Front With Your Employees and Board
It can be tempting to sweep a workplace accident under the rug, but doing so can backfire quickly. It’s important to be up-front with both those who work for your company and those who have a financial stake in your success. You don’t have to have all of your next steps figured out right away. Telling your employees and board members what happened and ensuring them that you’re working to learn more about the incident and how to prevent workplace accidents incidents in the future helps them to stay in the loop as you work through the process of developing new safety procedures.
Maintain Open Communication
If the employee decides to file a claim for workman’s compensation, work carefully with the employee, their doctor, and your legal team to keep the lines of communication open. When you’re not sure what to do next to help your employee, consult with your lawyer to learn more about how to best communicate with the parties involved.
Move Forward With Safety Improvements
Your employees and your board members will want to see you take steps to prevent safety problems from occurring again. At Diamond Training Services, we’re here to provide training to companies that have experienced safety issues. When you choose Diamond Training Services, you’re showing both your employees and your board that you’re taking the necessary steps to keep your workplace safe. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you create the safest environment possible for your employees.