|The First 24 Hours After an Injury|
|Wednesday, 29 June 2011 13:06|
The moment an injury occurs, it initiates a sequence of events that can last for weeks or even months. But no matter how prolonged the recovery period, the first 24 hours after an injury are the most crucial. To respond effectively to an incident, the majority of the action items should occur within 24 hours.
The First 24 Hours after an Injury are Critical
Injured employees may feel worried about keeping their jobs, worried about their health and frustrated or confused by company policies. A rapid response plan turns a potentially negative event into a more manageable scenario for you and the employee by addressing their concerns up front, helping them get the care they need and lowering claims costs.
In a study published by the Hartford Financial Services Group, it was found that:
Common Reasons for Delaying Reporting
Training and Communication
Training should ensure employees are aware of how to access appropriate care. Employees should be comfortable reporting injuries knowing they will be treated with care and respect. During training, continually reinforce the company’s commitment to helping every injured employee heal properly and return to work promptly.
To aid in educating your staff about workplace injuries, your company should create and post a written, 24-hour response plan for employees and supervisors to follow.
Expedited Return to Work
From the moment an injury is first examined, there should be considerations made as to when the employee will be able to return to their duties. Return to Work programs tend to result in better health outcomes and preserve many important benefits, such as health coverage, that are contingent on attendance.To facilitate your Return to Work program, you should: