Health and safety

First Things First: What to Do in Case of a Workplace Injury

September 06, 2018

Every employer should be aware that protecting the health and safety of employees is not merely best practice, it is a legal requirement. With changes to health and safety legislation occurring all the time, more and more responsibilities are placed on employers to ensure their employees’ safety in the workplace. These responsibilities are enforced through disciplinary measures which vary across jurisdictions but can include fines and even jail terms. Under health and safety legislation, employers must evaluate, determine, and remove risks of injury in the workplace. However, despite best efforts, workplace injuries still occur, and when they do, employers need to know how to react.

When we think of workplace injuries, we might automatically think of safety-sensitive industries, but the truth is they can happen anywhere. For certain industries like manufacturing, construction, or health care, workplace injuries are unfortunately more common due to the kind of work performed. Typically, organizations in these industries have robust health and safety programs covering what to do when an employee suffers an injury. Some organizations may even have dedicated staff for handling workplace injuries and the return-to-work process.

So what should you do if an injury occurs in your low-injury workplace? Download our FREE ‘First Aid First Steps’ Guide, which will walk you through the first steps of what to do in case of an injury.

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