The Millennial’s Guide to Workplace Safety


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Being a millennial is a rough deal. Baby boomers complain about how ignorant and obsessed with technology we are, and five minutes later they’re asking us to set up their tablets for them. Whether you’re a high school or college graduate, we can all agree that we thought once we got our hands on those diplomas, we’d know everything we needed to know about the world. Sadly, that’s not typically the case.

Asking older generations questions about certain aspects of working life can be hard. For one thing, you don’t want to seem ignorant when you’re technically supposed to be an adult. For another, times have changed so much since your grandparents, and even your parents, were starting out at their first ‘real’ jobs, that they might not have all the right answers.

So you’ve got a job, which is great, but how are you supposed to handle getting injured on the field? Let’s break it down. 

What Can I Report?

Unless you work at a bubble wrap warehouse, odds are good you’ve gotten hurt on the job at least once. It might have been as simple as a stubbed toe, or you might need stitches. When something does happen, what are you supposed to report?

  • Did a workplace injury or illness cause you to lose consciousness and/or work days? That can be reported.
  • A little paper cut here and a bruise there don’t count. If the first aid kits available at your workplace are not enough to treat the injury, it needs to be reported.
  • If any diagnosis of cancer, chronic and irreversible diseases, fractured ear drums or cracked teeth and bones was caused by your work, report it.
  • If you’re reading this, you’re probably not dead, but you can still report any workplace fatality you witness.

How Do I Report?

Maybe your company is cool and uses an injury reporting app like iReportSource to make recording and reporting safety violations and workplace injuries easier for everyone. Maybe not. If it is, you’ll be able to submit injury reports electronically through our app or online portal, for an easier and more accurate report at the site of the injury.

What’s Worker’s Comp?

For most millennials, the extent of our knowledge when it comes to worker’s compensation is what we’ve heard on those ridiculous commercials for local attorneys.

Worker’s compensation, more commonly referred to as worker’s comp, is designed to give those who were injured or have fallen ill due to their jobs the means to cover medical expenses, or cover missed wages from being unable to work. While it may sound nice to get money for ‘doing nothing’, you’ll still be injured. You’ll still have bills to pay and a life to live, so it’s best to avoid needing workers comp in the first place.

Businesses don’t want to have to compensate you for your injuries, and you don’t want to get injured at all, right? With iReportSource, we put safety reporting on the job right into the palm of your hands, in an easy to use format, in order to prevent workplace incidents before they can happen. Check out ireportsource.com for more information.

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