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How to Navigate Employee Injuries at Work

  • By David Saxon, MD, occupational medicine
  • Oct 31, 2017

As an employer, it can be hard to know how to deal with the complicated procedures and requirements involved when an employee is injured at work. If you are notified that your employee has been injured, first – and most importantly – make sure your employee is in no further immediate danger. Their supervisor should ensure that he or she is safe and conscious.

If the injury is not life threatening, then your employee should make an appointment to see your preferred health care provider as soon as possible. After a work-related injury occurs, you and your employee should work together to file a First Report of Injury (FROI) with your worker’s compensation agency within 24 hours. You can do this after medical treatment is received. The worker’s compensation agency requires you, as the employer, to file a FROI form no later than seven days after receiving notice of an injury.

A health care provider with occupational medicine experience will know the worker’s compensation requirements and OSHA standards you’ll need to consider. With the best interests of your employee and the company in mind, your health care provider will determine the best treatment plan.

Conservative treatment with over-the-counter medications, ice, heat, home stretching and exercises can resolve many injuries. Physical therapy and chiropractic care are other treatment options that your provider might recommend. You can help support your employee’s recovery by staying informed about their healing progress.

Injuries are part of work, but with good injury management and communication they should only be a temporary inconvenience.

For more information, please contact Sanford Health OccMed at (888) 600-2378.

Sanford OccMed’s comprehensive program is tailored to your business’ needs and is backed by Sanford’s team of medical specialists.

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