Healthy, happy employees are a big part of the success of any business. When you make your worker’s needs and wellbeing a priority, the outcome can be very positive for everyone. In fact, a 2015 paper written by Dr. Robert McLellan found that the value of a company can be tied directly to the overall health of its workforce. That means that by investing in your employees through safety programs and more, you can actually lower your operational costs. When an employee is injured, there are many expenses that can come along with an accident claim.
What is a Workplace Accident?
A workplace accident is an incident that happens on the job as a result of conducting business that causes serious injury, illness, or the death of a person. When something like this occurs, workers should alert their employer immediately (right after seeking medical treatment for the victim).
Over 220 Australian workers lose their lives annually because of work-related injuries. More than 134,000 wind up seriously injured. That’s why it’s vital that everyone understand how to handle this situation and take action to prevent it whenever possible.
Serious Injury at Work
Some injuries are very minor and may only require a quick trip to the first aid cabinet. While you should always fill out reports to establish a record when a minor incident occurs, chances are no claim will be required. A serious injury, on the other hand, most likely will involve compensation. In order to classify as a serious workplace injury, the victim must seek immediate inpatient hospital treatment. Serious injuries include:
- Severe burns
- Serious eye injury
- Separation of skin from tissue
- Loss of bodily function(s)
- Spinal damage
- Exposure to substances that require medical treatment within 48 hours
Infections also fall into this category. A serious infection can happen when working with micro-organisms, when caring for or providing treatment for others, and when coming in contact with blood or other biological substances. Those who handle live animals or
animal parts like skin, hide, carcasses or animal waste are also at risk.
Employee Health & Dangerous Incidents
The hazards encountered while on the job will vary based on the industry and type of work performed. Many common types of hazards exist in a number of workplaces. If not properly managed or prevented, these can lead to significant risk to employees. Dangerous incidents may include:
- Spills or leaks
- Explosions or implosions
- Escape of steam or gas
- Escape of pressurised materials
- Electric shock
- Fall or release from heights
- Collapse, failure, overturn, malfunction, or other damage to any plant
- Full or partial collapse of structures
- Collapse of excavation
- Inrush of gas, mud, or water in underground tunnel or excavation
- Interruption of ventilation in underground tunnel or excavation
Workplace Injury Prevention
The best way to handle workplace injuries is to prevent them as much as possible. Fewer injuries means fewer claims and less expense overall. It also means healthier employees who can perform their jobs with little to no limitations.