An employee may suffer an occupational accident in any company. Depending on the seriousness, this accident has different consequences. For this reason, it is essential that the company and the worker are clear about the steps to follow and about the Occupational Safety and Health Act and JSA.
Firstly, companies have to hire a health care service or a mutual insurance company that has its own medical service so, in this way, any worker can receive the necessary assistance. Likewise, it is important that the people of the Human Resources Department know how to distinguish when it is a work-related accident or not.
Steps to follow in a workplace accident
The regulations consider an occupational accident when a worker suffers a bodily injury during the development of his professional activity. In this case, the company is obliged to offer medical assistance.
✔ If the accident is a minor nature one (such as a small fall), it will be sufficient to assist the worker using a first aid kit.
✔ If the worker requires a doctor intervention; the company must make a report stating what happened.
✔ If urgent medical assistance is required, it will be necessary to call the emergency number 112 or take the worker to the nearest health center. In this case, it must be indicated that it is a work accident.
Procedures that the company must carry out
After an occupational accidentstrong>, the company has to make a report showing the workers personal details, the company’s details and a brief resume about how the accident happened and which actions have been taken. In order to avoid this accident to happen again, it is important to investigate how it happened.
Injured worker rights
The worker has rights, since the employer contributes for him in the Social Security.
1. All injured employees have the right to receive medical assistance, appropriate treatment, rehabilitation and surgical interventions.
2. If the accident involves a temporary medical leave for the worker, he / she may receive an economic benefit for temporary disability as regulated by the Workers’ Statute.
3. Compensation for permanent disability. If the accident makes the worker’s profession or duty difficult, you may request permanent compensation.
4. Compensation for final physical injury. When the employee suffers a physical injury, chronic deformity or mutilation, he will be entitled to receive compensation if he has not been granted permanent disability.
5. Compensation for death of the worker. In the event of death, the family will be entitled to receive compensation and the corresponding pensions.
In summary, the Occupational Risk Prevention Law (PRL) is in charge of setting mandatory regulations for companies and workers.