Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 22:07:20 -0400
Reply-To: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
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From: Peter Zavon <pzavon**At_Symbol_Here**ROCHESTER.RR.COM>
Subject: Re: HELP-What are your company policies on accident reporting???
Comments: To: "Brown, Paula" <Paula.Brown**At_Symbol_Here**MUEHLSTEIN.COM>
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Immediate termination for the first infraction of this rule, regardless of the severity, seems a bit draconian.  However, the general idea of immediate reporting of injuries and incidents is widely recognized as a good one, not only because of the prevention that can facilitate.  It also helps to avoid removal or destruction of physical evidence before an investigation can begin, and eliminates those (often unfounded) management concerns of being taken advantage of in connection with an injury that actually happened in off-hours at home.
My employer requires prompt notification of injuries, not accidents, with "prompt" sometimes being interpreted as within 24 hours or even more, depending on circumstances.  If the MERT team, ambulance, or medical clinic are involved, notification is automatic.  Because we have employees on the road and in many customer locations we cannot enforce sanctions on leaving company premises without reporting.
I would also point out that sometime an employee may not realize there has been an injury until a day or so later.  This would be in connection with strains and other soft tissue injuries that may not be associated with a recognizable "accident."

Peter Zavon, CIH
Penfield, NY


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Sent: Friday, October 09, 2009 5:52 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] HELP-What are your company policies on accident reporting???
Importance: High


We have a company policy that states “Accidents which occur

on company premises must be reported before the end of the

shift” no matter the severity. The consequence for leaving company

premises,  then reporting it the next day or several days after that,

is immediate termination.  Prevention is our goal.  However, if an

accident occurs and we are not notified, then we cannot prevent

it from happening to another employee, we cannot perform the

mandatory drug test, and we cannot take them to the doctor for

medical evaluation and care.

What are your rules or policies on accident reporting?????

I need your replies.

Thank You

Paula Brown

HSE Manager-EMT

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