SIF Homebuilders - What to do Before a Workplace Accident Occurs
SIF Homebuilders - What to do Before a Workplace Accident Occurs


Keeping employees safe and your business accident-free are excellent goals, but accidents do occasionally occur. Adopting a formal safety plan tailored to your business and having all employees complete important forms will not guarantee an accident will not occur, but this information can reduce accidents and may also help to reduce the cost of accidents to your business.

Document Personnel Files - Your personnel files should contain the following: Employee name, Social Security number, Date of birth, Driver's license number, and pertinent contact information. Make sure you have this important information prior to a worker starting work.

Document Full-Time or Part-Time Status of Employees - If a worker is hired on a part-time basis with no guarantee of hours, this should be documented in your personnel files so benefits may be properly paid in the event of an accident.

Complete Health Questionnaires For All Hires - All hires should complete a Health Questionnaire once an offer of employment is made. Business owners should have health questionnaires on file for all current employees, and these forms should be updated annually.

Implement A Drug & Alcohol Program - Louisiana law encourages a drug and alcohol-free workplace. If an employer has a written post-accident Drug & Alcohol Policy in place, then employees may lose their right to workers' compensation benefits if they test positive post-accident or refuse a drug test after an accident. All employees must sign the Drug & Alcohol Acknowledgement form before an accident occurs.

Implement A Comprehensive Loss Control Program - The best way to lower the risk of accidents is to be prepared by implementing a formal safety management plan. A sample plan is available on the Louisiana Workforce Commission website - www.laworks.net.
SIF Homebuilders - What to do Before a Workplace Accident Occurs
SIF Homebuilders - What to do Before a Workplace Accident Occurs