WHAT IS AN ACCIDENT AT WORK?
At work there are chances a worker can get injured or fall ill. During the working hours it is the responsibility of the employer to look into the matter and take the accountability to figure out the thing. Accidents in the workplace may happen due to many reasons, to name a few;
- Worker slips or falls from the height, such as, stepladder, crane (construction accidents), wet floors
- Electrical accidents at the workplace due to faulty cables.
- Illness due to performing specific work continuously for the long period of time.
- Not providing safety equipment during the risky tasks.
- Injuries due to lifting heavy materials.
As said it is the employer’s responsibility to overcome the situation, but as a worker, you have few responsibilities as well so that no hassle happen due to any miscommunication.
Inform your employer first:
Whatever, you feel, whether illness, muscular pain due to long sitting, or any construction accident, tell your employer first. There do have such departments for such cases, where such issues are handled appropriately.
See the doctor;
You must not wait for the company people to come back to you with the answer. You better go see the doctor first to make sure nothing is severe.
Inform WorkSafe BC.
Many workers give less attention to such information, but according to the law, any worker who has faced workplace accidents must report WorkSafe BC within the year. However, It is good to report soon after the accident.
Provide precise facts to avoid miscommunication;
You must report the facts whenever asked, especially these;
1. Date, and Time of the Accident?
2. Which Location it took place?
3. Your Job profile, and roles/ responsibility?
4. The time you felt pain or symptom of illness?
5. Suffering part of the body?
6. Any witnesses available at the time of the accident or has anyone seen you suffer pain or any other illness. construction accidents?
7. Name of the official person you informed about it and when (date)?
8. Symptoms occurred during working hours or outside the office as well?
9. Does WBC have accurate information to take action ahead?
Prepare yourself for the few actions:
After your appeal to WCB, you might get a decision letter or a phone call of their decision. It might mention the benefits and the type and duration of it. Sometimes their decision might not interest you, but they will provide the decision by giving a legitimate reason. If required, they might call you in person and talk.
How to prevent accidents in the workplace?
By taking safety tips, you can avoid unwanted accidents at the workplace.
First, do not work fast, just to finish tasks on time. Your health is much important that your reputation. Avoid taking shortcuts to finish the work before or at the time. If you see the task can’t happen on time, inform boss.
Second, as an employer, make sure every vehicle is checked and tested. Encourage employees to use a company’s cab.
Third, get dressed as per the weather conditions. It might be hot outside, but most companies have ACs installed. Do not come in direct contact with the AC after facing heat. Use cotton cloth around your face and neck to avoid contact from the sun. If possible set AC temperature according to your comfort level.
Employer’s Note-if your worker is working in an area where he has to face extreme heat, install ventilation systems to flow the air outside.
Fourth, perform drill activity for the sudden fire cases and create awareness amongst the employees.
Who to contact for Safety training programs?
The ratio of Workplace accidents in Canada is high. Safety Consulting is a Canada based firm that runs occupational health and safety awareness and provides training. It also provides health and safety training Ontario and assist with WSIB services.