Reporting Workplace Injuries Policy
Author: Christine P. Corrigan, CPC Writing Services
When to Use This Policy
Employers should use this policy proactively as a tool to prevent late or failed reports of workplace injuries, accidents or illnesses. While late or failed notice of such incidents typically impacts individual employees in their ability to recover workers' compensation benefits, late or failed notice may also impact employers with obligations to report such incidents to their workers' compensation insurance carriers and/or state agencies where local rules and regulations require timely reporting. Given the possibility of disclaimers by insurance companies and penalties by state workers' compensation commissions, employers should encourage employees, by virtue of early and often distribution of this policy, to comply with the below standards. The policy should be distributed to employees and/or included in employee handbooks or policy manuals.