This past year, Ramsey Law Group published a study discussing workplace injury statistics in the United States. The study included useful information regarding an overview of the U.S. population and demographics that may be useful throughout the data study. Likewise, it is important to report a workplace injury or illness immediately as it will prevent many future problems if it has been documented correctly. Many workplaces avoid the discussion of work-related injuries by creating specific programs and incentives. The most common work-related injuries include falls, slips, and trips, but our article aims to explain why you need to report your injury or illness and how to do so.
The Top Occupation with the Most Work-Related Injuries
The study included 10 occupations that experienced work-related injuries/illnesses and found that nursing assistants experienced the most work-related injuries. The duties of nursing assistants include monitoring health status, feeding, bathing, grooming, toileting, and ambulation of patients under the support and guidance of a licensed nurse. Likewise, from 2015 to 2019 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tracked injuries, illnesses, and fatalities of nursing assistants. They found that the top nature of illnesses and injuries were sprains, strains, and tears that averaged around 13,000 cases for the year of 2019. Similarly, another important data set to discuss is the nature of the injury or illness. The source of injury or illness for nursing assistants in 2019 was from a patient and included around 15,000 cases.
How to Report a Workplace Injury
There are many common reasons for not reporting a workplace accident. While these fears are understandable it is important to note there may be consequences in the future if you do not report your accident. Nevertheless, it is extremely important to understand where to report a workplace injury or illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to ensure safe and healthful working conditions. They do this by creating standards and providing training, outreach, education, and assistance. Here is the link to help you file a report for a workplace injury: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/report-accident-or-injury.html
Where to Get Evidence for your Workplace-Related Injury
Workplaces of 10 or more employees are legally required to have an “accident book” which includes any filed injuries or illnesses on the job. Recording details of an accident is important as they can be cross-referenced against medical records to support that the accident did occur. Additionally, informing your supervisor of the accident in writing will help you receive any workers comp you might need for the injury. It is recommended to discuss your injuries with your coworkers because it will supply you with additional support if needed. Moreover, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will provide you coverage for a work-related injury by providing appropriate monetary and medical benefits and help in returning to work.