What do you do with worker injuries?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by lazor-cut, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
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    Well I have never had a worker break anything... But I'm just wondering if you would allow a worker to come to work with a broken leg, arm, ankle, etc. Pretty much anything MAJOR!

    I had a worker cut my finger... Got stitches and came back to plow 24 hrs straight...

    Today I saw an employee for another company who was limping with a cast on their foot.... Would you allow this? Took a pic so I could show my workers...
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  2. jc1

    jc1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Never let a worker come back to work unless released from medical care in writing.
     
  3. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    This is nothing short of the most accurate answer there is.
     
  4. fastlane

    fastlane LawnSite Senior Member
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    If the worker would be approved for "light duty" it could save you alot of money. I know of cases where people would go to work, sit on a chair for 8 hours and do nothing. The employer would save on workmans comp,etc.
     
  5. lazor-cut

    lazor-cut LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wixom
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    I guess... But it just shocked me when i saw this guy in a "Broken foot boot" and a Cast...TRIMMING! Oh well not my problem i guess!
     
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Not everyone gets injured on the job so they are not covered by workmans comp.

    You give your employee's 6 weeks sick time till the casts come off?

    Not many LCO's give paid sick time.

    Rents and everything else has to be paid good health bad health.

     
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    My girlfriend broke a bone in her foot. One of those little bones along the top of your foot that hurts like a sob if you hit it. Turns out its one of the longest bones in the body to heal as their is virtually no blood flow to that bone. She's been in a walking boot for 5 months now and have another 1-2 months to go wearing it before the doctors can even open it for surgery. She's able to be on her feet all day walking for work with no problem, so long as she is wearing the boot.

    As far as someone working for me injured. Depends on the injury. If I can find a way to use the employee in which the injury will not hinder them or risk the safety of them or others then I will do so. Could a guy with a broken leg run a piece of equipment all day if it has joystick controls and not foot controls? If he can do so comfortably than let him do it. Now if he is being prescribed narcotics for the pain then that is a completely different story.
     
  8. lawnkingforever

    lawnkingforever LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Many companies will not let you work if you are injured off of the job. There is huge liability issue there. You maybe approved for light duty but most companies will not let you on site until you are 100%, period. If you agrivate the injury or make it worse while working you could hold the company liable. Most companies would not take the chance. An injury off of the job is treated a little different than an injury at work.
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