Business owners must take adequate precautions to ensure that they create a safe and conducive working environment. In the unfortunate event that an accident happens and your employee gets hurt, does the employee know what he or she needs to do?
Workers’ compensation is often seen as a thorny issue which if not addressed adequately can land a business owner in some murky legal waters. It is important for you as the employer to bridge the communication gap and explain to your employees exactly what they need to do in any case they are injured while at work. If an employee is injured at work and he or she does not know what to do or who to talk to chances are that they will talk to a personal injury lawyer. To avoid all these, we recommend that you take the following steps in informing your employees about workers’ compensation:
Offer Safety Training
You need to start by educating all your employees on how to prevent work-related injuries. This task can be accomplished by holding regular and comprehensive training on safety. You can star by onboarding new employees then continue with the training as processes and equipment used in the organization keep changing.
Brief Them on the Procedure to Follow When Injured at Work
Regardless of how well you train your employees on safety issues, there are chances that accidents can still happen. Although workplace accidents are not an interesting topic of discussion, your employees will be glad that you took time to brief them on what they need to do when they suffer injuries in an accident.
Design a Step By Step Guide for Employees
You can design a workers’ compensation procedure which may be pinned in prominent sites at the workplace. Professionals, like those at, Blomberg, Benson & Garrett, know that the procedures should instruct your employees on what to do in case of an accident. Such as getting in touch with the supervisor in case of an accident, filling the claim form, seeking medical attention, adhering to the treatment plan, following steps recommended by the state’s workers’ comp board, among others.
When you create an environment where there is openness in communication with your employees on matters workers’ comp, your employees will most likely follow these steps than filing a lawsuit against you. Lawsuits are costly and they can tarnish the cordial relationship that you have with your employee. Let your employees know that they can get the compensation that is due to them without necessarily suing you.