Workplace safety precautions and appropriate handling of any employee injuries may affect your California workers compensation rates. Employers should have a written plan of action in the event of an employee injury. The plan should be verbally communicated to all employees, and a written version should be posted in a prominent place on the premises.
Your company’s plan of action should include some basic points.
1.Depending on the severity of the injury, emergency medical services should be contacted immediately, or the employee should be taken to your designated healthcare facility.
2.A nominated individual should follow up to make certain all paperwork is filed with the insurer.
3.The employee should communicate to all healthcare practitioners that the injury is work-related so that this information can be included in the employee’s medical record file.
4.Cooperation with claims adjusters and investigators from all parties involved is essential for speedy resolution of the claim.
5.The injured employee and the employer should keep in contact with each other and with the claims adjuster as to rehabilitative progress and a return-to-work date (if the worker has had time off work).
The best precaution to help prevent employee injuries is adherence to stringent safety practices in the workplace, and your California workers compensation rates should reflect your efforts to make safety a priority. Your company’s safety plan should be reviewed regularly to ensure that any new work processes or production lines are included in the plan.