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Workplace accidents and injuries remain one of the biggest costs a business can face, with an estimated price tag of $250 billion each year. These incidents have a human cost as well, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 5,190 deaths from workplace injuries in 2021.

But while injuries at work are inevitable, the good news is that having a well-defined emergency response plan can mitigate the risks associated with these injuries. Read on for a series of suggested steps that can form the foundation of your plan.

6 Steps to Take When Workplace Accidents Happen

Remain Calm

When someone is injured on the job, panic is a normal human response – particularly when the injury is serious. Unfortunately, this understandable response can create confusion and chaos, which ultimately impedes the administration of timely medical care. It is, therefore, critical for supervisors to maintain their composure and instruct employees to do the same.

Clear the Area

Whether they gather to assist or just to see what’s going on, a crowd can further slow down rescue and treatment of injured workers. Make sure those not immediately involved in rendering assistance keep their distance, clearing the way for first responders.

Identify Co-Workers Skilled in Providing Immediate Care

Before an accident even occurs, maintain a list of employees who are trained in first aid, including CPR. Then provide these employees with emergency procedures so they can assist in treatment as quickly and effectively as possible.

File a Timely Report of Workplace Accidents

Businesses who experience serious injuries on the job are required to file a report with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration within 24 hours of an incident involving hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. In case of a fatality, this time requirement is shortened to within 8 hours of the incident.

Conduct a Thorough Investigation

Once the immediate situation is resolved, work should start on an investigation into the incident. Include a description of the environment in which the injury took place. Compile multiple eyewitness accounts of what happened and analyze the factors that led to the incident.

Submit Your Findings and Recommendations

When you complete your investigation, draft a comprehensive report on the accident, including the causes you’ve discovered as well as what your action plan is for reducing the risk of similar incidents in the future.

Protect Yourself and Your Team

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