Reporting Injuries
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Type:  Lessons Learned

Publisher:  Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

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Topics:  Occupational Safety and Health, Operations, Travel

An employee sustained significant injuries during an automobile accident while returning home from a business trip. Line management did not promptly report the employee's injury and, as a result, the administrative process to categorize events and make the required notifications was delayed by nearly a week. Injuries and illnesses that occur anywhere while conducting work-related activities, including business travel, must be promptly reported. Supervisors and staff should use judgment to determine whether an injury/illness resulted from a work-related activity. Staff are encouraged to report an injury/illness as soon as possible, even when in doubt about the cause or whether it is work-related.

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