We all like to think it will never happen to us. Unfortunately, no-one can predict when or where an accident might happen. Whether you work in a hazardous environment or a relatively harmless office, an accident is always possible. When the worst happens, it’s not always easy to know what to do. Whether it’s long-term back pain or a fall in the office, we can help. Today we’ll walk you through the basic steps. It’s always best to know this information, just in case something happens. You can never be too careful.

Record and report the incident

First of all, no matter how small or insignificant, every injury should be reported to senior staff. If it’s a relatively major accident, your employer has a duty to report it the relevant authorities. Your company should keep an ‘accident book’, and you can record your particular incident there. Make sure your seniors are aware of the problem, and speak to them about the next steps. It’s not always an easy conversation to have, but it is essential.

Check your contract for sick pay advice

If you need to take time off to recover from the accident, check your contract to see how your sick pay is granted. How many days are you entitled to take according to the official documents. Is your leave paid at full wage or half time? These are crucial pieces of information that will determine how long you can rest up. If possible, try to negotiate a better arrangement with your bosses.

Speak to a lawyer

If the accident occurred due to neglect or recklessness on the part of your employer, speak to a lawyer. Personal injury claims are very common, and might be the best way to get compensation. Your company has a duty of care to you and all its employees. If that contract is broken, you’re entitled to compensation to help ease the financial burden. There are often a lot of costs involved in a work-related injury. That can lead to emotional stress that you really don’t need!

Rest up, and get back on your feet

The best thing you can do with this free time is rest up, and take every effort to get back on your feet. Enjoy this period, and stick to the advice given by your doctor. In other words, don’t rush back to work. Don’t put too much pressure on your injury, and only make small movements. Trying to force some movement too early will just lead to further injury.

Propose safety changes in the workplace

Once you’re back at work, learn from your accident, and propose changes. After all, you wouldn’t want to see a colleague suffer a similar fate to you. Schedule a meeting with your boss or operations manager immediately. Talk about the problems or negligence that lead to your accident, and make suggestions to improve it.

Unfortunately, it can happen to anyone, at any time. If the worst happens to you, make sure you know how to respond and react in the situation. Follow our guidelines, and stay safe out there.

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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