FAQs About Accident/Injury Reporting
Frequently Asked Questions About Accident/Injury Reporting
Q: When a First Report of Injury is “called in”, will a claim number be assigned?
Q: Is it necessary to mail/fax the First Report of Injury after reporting it via telephone?
A: No. FHM will draft the First Report of Injury from the telephone report and send copies to the employee, employer and the State.
Q: Because I am reporting online/faxing/calling in the First Report of Injury, must I still maintain the OSHA log?
A: Yes. OSHA record keeping requirements can be reviewed online at www.OSHA.gov. Be sure you are not exempt from record keeping.
Q: If reporting by fax, do I need to wait until the employee can sign the form before reporting?
A: No. Never delay reporting because you do not have the injured employee’s signature. Indicate “not available” if the employee is not available for signature and submit the report immediately.
Q: What if I don’t report the accident/injury in a timely manner?
A: A failure by the employer to report the accident/injury to the workers’ compensation carrier in a timely manner can result in the employer incurring a fine. See the state specific section of this manual for information related to your state’s law.
Q: Must an employer report all accidents/injuries?
A: Injuries that require first aid treatment only, need not be reported.
Q: What should an employer do if an injured worker refuses treatment?
A: Complete the Refusal of Treatment form, have the employee read and sign it and place it in the employee’s file. The employer must still send employee for post-accident drug testing if participating in the post injury drug testing program.