Workplace injuries happen every single year and cost various injuries hundreds of millions of dollars, or more. What’s more surprising than the number of claims, however, is the number of injuries that go unreported by employees. A recent study, indicating that as much as 27 percent of injured workers never brought their injuries to their manager’s attention, helps to offer some insight into why this is.
For starters, most workers are worried about the possible negative repercussions of reporting an injury. Chief among these concerns are that the employee doesn’t want to lose work, either from being let go or from being taken off of the workforce temporarily due to their injury. No one wants to be labeled a “complainer,” and most workers naturally avoid any possible source of contention with management. Some participants in the study just stated that they didn’t want the hassle. They cited too much paperwork when filing a worker’s compensation claim and/or losing work time as reasoning. Lastly, some workers just decided that their injuries were too small or insignificant to bring to the attention of their higher ups or even their coworkers.
Let’s look at how we can correct each of these scenarios.
Fear of Negative Response / Consequences
Fear of Being Labeled a Complainer or “Problem”
“It’s just a scratch!”
- OSHA Injury Reporting Updates – September 2014 Brings New Rules
- Reporting Injuries at Work – 8 Tips to Reducing the Fear
- Reducing Workplace Injuries: Safety Tips for Employers
- Near Miss Reporting – A Step by Step Guide for Improved Reporting
- Reporting Safety Hazards at Work
- Why We Tend to Miss Near Misses