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Navigating Workplace Accidents For K - 12 Schools

Posted by Debra and Tom on March 10, 2020 at 3:57 PM

Opportunities to Address Workplace Accident Challenges

When a workplace accident does arise, there are numerous factors to consider as these incidents usually aren’t commonly faced on a day-to-day basis. The first step in addressing the potential for a workplace accident is having a plan - knowing what your state and district policies/procedures are is key toward mobilizing the right individuals to take the right steps immediately. Components that need to be included in your workplace accident planning are:

  • Defined injury reporting and triage process
  • Paperwork procedure compliance/immediacy of reporting
  • Impartial and compassionate medical attention for injured workers 
  • Recognition of the cause of injury
  • Initiative and time to retrain the injured employee with follow up on their outside care/steps to avoid future accidents

If you haven’t done so already, take time to see if there are services or third parties in your district/city that can streamline and organize each step that needs to be taken care of, professionally and immediately, once an accident has taken place.

Using Trends + Data 

A useful method when deciding what kind of staff and student training your district should implement to prevent further accidents is to collect data and look at trends from previous incidents to strategically teach and train accordingly. The programs you instill will need to be repeated when there are new staff and as procedures/policies may change within your district.