Do you always report even minor workplace accidents and injuries to your employer? Two examples of minor accidents include tripping over debris and getting struck by a lightweight falling object. To most Omaha workers, incidents like these do not seem to be worthy of making a report.
Stopping your duties to fill out an incident report when you are not hurt may seem like a waste of time. However, accurate reporting is vital to improving workplace safety.
As lawyers committed to serving employees in Nebraska, we want to offer you some reasons why reporting is so critical:
- It gives your employer an opportunity to correct the situation that caused your accident.
- It raises your coworkers’ awareness about safety concerns in the workplace.
- It gives government agencies like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) accurate information about workplace hazards in your industry.
- It empowers you to get medical care at no cost to you if pain or other symptoms develop.
- It protects your right to file for workers’ compensation benefits, including income replacement.
Many employers discourage reporting workplace accidents because it could mean an increase in their workers’ compensation insurance premiums. This is improper because all employees have the right to file a claim.
Part of our mission to better serve all workers is making sure you understand that no one can interfere with your right to file an injury claim. If you experience difficulty with reporting a workplace accident or filing a workers’ comp claim, an attorney can help you find a solution. Please continue browsing our website for further information.