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Reporting for duty

By Matt King

Last year, over 9000 young workers aged 25 and under, were injured on the job in Alberta.

And that’s just the ones reported.

A friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, was working a summer job when the machinery he was working with fell over, throwing him to the ground in the process. His employer ultimately reported it, and he turned out to be fine, with some minor back pain, but at first he didn’t know what to do. Who does he tell? Does he have to file something? How does someone report an injury and why?

A while ago, we made a video specifically about how you can report an injury, so before we move ahead, take a look at it and see if it answers any of the questions above.

If your injury is serious and needs equally serious treatment, then it is possible that you might miss work, depending on the situation. Workplace injuries are always difficult, and navigating those waters can be rough, but by simply reporting your injury as soon as possible and following the simple 1-2-3 steps in the video, it can be a lot smoother sailing from there. While the possible hardships of workplace injury don’t disappear over night, they can begin to clear and dissipate, letting some much needed light fall on the situation before then leading you down a path towards healing and safety.

At Heads Up, the goal is always to first avoid injury, but sometimes, these things happen, and when they do, it is best to be prepared and know what to do – report your injury. What, you may ask, if you’ve injured yourself and aren’t sure if it needs to be reported?

If you aren’t sure, report it.

Have you ever found yourself in a situation like my friend? Not sure what to do, but certainly needing help beyond a simple First Aid kit? Just remember the 1-2-3, and you should be okay when it comes to reporting your injury.

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