Feb 25

Keep Calm and Work On: How to Handle a Workplace Injury like a Professional

Keep Calm and Work On - How to Handle a Workplace Injury like a Professional

Workplace injuries sometimes seem harmless, but even the smallest injuries can result in long-term medical problems. Some can cause job loss. Yet, if handled correctly, this does not need to happen. If if you handle it professionally, a workplace injury can help you achieve personal growth.

What is a Workplace Injury?

According to the Workplace Health, Safety, and Compensation Commission, a workplace injury is one which “happens at work, on company property, or on company business; needs medical treatment; and may or may not need time away from work.” These can range from minor to moderate injuries, such as those resulting from heavy lifting, potentially fatal ones, such as from car accidents, machinery accidents, or illnesses contracted from the materials with which one works.

How are Injuries Reported?

According to the New Jersey law firm Stark and Stark, many people do not report workplace injuries. They may be anxious about keeping an accident-free record or losing their jobs. However, unreported injuries have backlash. Employers may penalize workers for time off, and insurance companies will probe why the incident was not reported. Employers may deny the injury occurred, reprimand the employee, or suspend him or her without pay. Thus, the most professional thing you can do if injured is report it. Contact a local law firm like the Law Offices of Robert A. Lynch, Jr. or OSHA to obtain necessary forms (https://www.osha.gov/workers.html).

What Else Can You Do?

Beyond reporting the injury, here are a few tips that will help you remain professional.

1. If you are cleared to work in a capacity unrelated to your injury, be prompt and responsible with the work given. Once you are fully cleared to return to work, give all tasks your full attention.

2. Keep details to a minimum. If coworkers ask what happened, give them a simple answer. Do not angle for sympathy or badmouth the company or boss.

3. If you disagree with the handling of your injury, speak privately with your supervisor. Keep calm. Do not use “you” statements or words like “always” and “never.”


Finally, remember it is your employers’ responsibility to keep your workplace safe. Yet, it is your responsibility to be careful on the job, and to let employers know when and if you need help or medical attention. If these guidelines are followed, your job can be fulfilling, and also a safe place.


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