What is an occupational accident?
An occupational accident is an accident or injury that occurs at the workplace and which can result in physical or mental injuries to a worker.
Occupational accidents can include everything from minor injuries such as sprains and broken bones, to serious injuries such as brain damage or death.
Occupational accidents can be caused by a number of factors, including a lack of safety measures, poorly maintained equipment, or a lack of attention and carelessness on the part of employees or managers.
If you have been involved in an accident at work, you have sustained an occupational injury. Your company has workers' compensation insurance, as this is a legal requirement.
How should you behave if you have an accident?
If you are involved in an accident at work, it is important to act quickly and correctly to ensure your own safety and that of people who may be involved in the accident.
The following are some general steps you can take if you are involved in an accident at work:
- Ensure your own safety: If possible, move yourself and any others away from the dangerous situation.
- Alert others: Give an alert to your workplace's emergency center or to your employer, if relevant.
- Provide first aid: If necessary, provide first aid to yourself or others involved in the accident.
- Report the accident: Report the accident to your employer, or to the relevant authority, as soon as possible.
- Document the accident: Take photos, notes or video of the accident if possible and collect any evidence of the accident.
It is also important to follow the workplace's procedure for dealing with occupational accidents, if any. It is also important to seek medical attention if you are injured.