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Unread 03-10-2003, 09:40 AM
Jknee
 
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Default Transporting Sick/Injured Employees

Recently, we had an employee that was injured on the job so her manager transported her to the occupational health clinic for treatment. After the employee was treated and released, she was unable to drive home ( her foot was injured) so our manager took her home (about 20 miles) because the employee could not locate anyone to assist her. After the manager took the employee home, the manager picked-up the employee's friend and took her back to the office to get the car.

I recognize that the employer has a legal responsibility for providing transportation for an employee (i.e. ambulance), if necessary, in work related illnesses or accidents but what responsibility do we have in transporting that individual elsewhere after treatment was received? I have a concern that if the person doing the transporting has not been cleared to drive for the company, our company could be at risk in the event of an accident.

Also, if anyone has a policy on transporting sick/injured employees, regardless of whether the accident/illness is work related, I would very much appreciate the opportunity to review it for relevance to our company. Thank you!

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Unread 03-10-2003, 10:14 AM
Parabeagle
 
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We have a strict policy against employees transporting injured employees regardless of whether the injury occurs on or off the job. We will obtain commercial transportation for the injured party, send them via ambulance or they may drive themselves, if they're capable.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 12:36 AM
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Maybe it's just that I haven't been burned yet, but I would encourage supervisors to transport an injured employee if the injury didn't require medical transport. It certainly seems to me that this is the beginning of our concern for our injured employee, which we will continue with calls or home visits depending on the circumstances, while working with the employee to assure an early return to work. I don't want to seem so concerned with liability that I can't help out the employee.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 01:11 AM
Don D
 
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At some times in each of our lives, totally without thinking, we throw caution to the wind and do what makes sense. A few years ago, we had a bunch of teenagers working for our company clearing brush and painting stripes on concrete for the summer (everything short of bustin' rocks). One of them came up behind another with a steel-blade weed-whacker and managed to press the moving blade into the guy's heel, just above the tennis shoe. While several others were shouting and waving arms and peeing in their collective trousers, I scooped up the bleeding guy, got him prone into the back of my Explorer and was at the emergency clinic in about 6 minutes. His foot and leg were saved. His daddy, who was a mechanic at our company, came to my office and told me, "I really appreciate what you did for my boy." I said, "Hell, when that happened, he wasn't your boy. He was mine." I'm sure it wasn't the best decision legally. I'm sure I'd do it again the same way.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 01:28 AM
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Don D, you have a heart of gold. I read your post about lay offs a week or so ago and I just think you should really be praised for the concern that you show your employees. I wanted to comment be cause we had the exact same situation three weeks ago. The employee went to the hospital via Medical Transport (looks more like the little bus that you wait for when you parked your car a mile out in the parking lot at the hospital). Anyway, we called a cab to bring the employee back and then paid the cab fare to get the employee home. I am not certain but if there were an accident on the way home the cab company should be liable. We can feel good that we get them home with little worry on our end.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 01:31 AM
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We allow supervisors/managers to transport employees as long as the injury is not severe enough to warrant an ambulance. They are all trained first aid responders and the local hospital is about 2 miles from the plant. We also require a supervisor or manager to transport an employee to the hospital for a drug/alcohol screen as part of our substance abuse policy. After the test the employee is driven home to await the results of the screening. All supervisors and managers have driving record checks done to ensure they are okay to drive. We have never run into a problem with this practice.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 01:57 AM
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This is an area filled with landmines that we must dance around. Don, is right, you need to at times do what you need to do. I myself have done a variety of these things in past lives. I have sent people via, cab, ambulance, co-worker, and transported myself.
I have received criticism for the way I have handled this numerous times, never by the injured party but by other who think they know better. When criticized I ask them it they are trained in first aid / CPR? I already know they will say no as I am the one who arranges the training. I then point out, like I tell all first aid responders that it is their call, ambulance or cab or whatever for getting an injured employee to medical attention. When it is me I do what I feel needs to be done. Most of the criticism has been you should have called an ambulance. When I point out that I treated the injured employee, and rode over in the cab with them to the hospital/clinic and there were no issues most drop it. Some still do the what if, to which I respond as the first provider I made the decision, if you don't like it you can always volunteer to be part of the first responders so you can have input. They never take it up.
I now require the supervisors to take injured employees to the clinic. Three reasons, one it shows concern for the employee, two it also helps keep the supervisors focusec on safety because they really don't have time for this, and three it also ensures that the employee cannot stop to buy anything that can impact the outcome of the post accident drug test.
I do not worry about getting the employee's car back to their home if we end up sending them home from clinic/hospital, I draw the line there.
It does not matter how they are transported, as almost anything that happens will most likely still fall under the WC umbrella.
Wow I have rambled on a bit, get that makes this my:
$0.04 worth.
DJ The Balloonman
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Unread 03-11-2003, 06:46 AM
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I say Baloonman and Don D are crazy. Live to manage another day is my motto. Never, never never transport sick or injured employees. Something that looks minor may be problematic given someone's medical history. What if they go into a seizure in your car or get worse on the way.......you aren't doing anyone any favors there by putting them in your car. Call an ambulance and let the professionals care for the poor employee properly.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 06:59 AM
Don D
 
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Geez Shawn: Say what you mean. Don't be so vague..... x:-) Proudly crazy, Don d.
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Unread 03-11-2003, 07:32 AM
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Don what do you think, Shawn is what under 25 I am guessing? LOL, and I have been called crazy also, but my doctor says I am not................as long as I take my medication I am as sane as the next one.
While I will not get anothers blood on me, there are very few limits to what I will do in taking care of my employees. I had one who cut his forearm while working alone on the 7th floor of an 8 story building, 6" cut! (He was a little different) But all he was thinking about was I have to get to DJ, I have to get to DJ. I did drop the phone when he walked in! Got the bleeding under control and gave him the choice car or cab. He chose cab, but I did not leave until after he came back from the clinic.
Shawn, you will figure it out..............you can't worry about making mistakes, and how many people without epilepsy do you know that have seizures anyway? I have only known 1 in 37 plus years!!!! And if the have a seizure so be it if you can have them to the hospital/clinic in under 5 minutes or must wait 5-10 for an ambulance......
My $0.02 worth.
DJ The Balloonman..................Don's partner in insanity.

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