Watch your step

Winter has arrived along the Wasatch Front. Unfortunately, workplace injury knows no season. Walking in winter conditions can be a challenge and this change of season is a good reminder to understand what to do in the case of a workplace injury. According to OSHA, falls are the most common source of injury on the job. Most campus workers compensation claims for slips and falls are filed during the winter months. We want all faculty, staff and students to be as safe as possible this season. You can prevent falls during times of inclement weather by doing the following: Wear quality boots or shoes with rubber soles that have traction, most falls can be attributed to poor shoe-wear. Be mindful of where you are walking, take smaller steps, hold onto handrails, and keep hands outside of your pockets. We know we can’t prevent every fall but following these guidelines will help to reduce your risk of falling.

For any workplace injury, please adhere to the following steps.

Seek appropriate medical attention.

There are a number of options available for medical attention associated with an on the job injury or illness at the U.

If injury is life threatening, call 911.

If not life threatening:
During work hours (8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday): No appointment necessary

University of Utah RedMed Employee Health Clinic
Ground floor of the Union Building
Phone: 801-213-3303

or

Redwood Health Center Occupational Medicine Clinic
1525 West 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-213-9777

After hours (5-9 p.m.) and weekends (9 a.m.-9 p.m.):

University Hospital Urgent Care (Use Emergency Entrance)
50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84014

or

After hours (5-8 p.m.) and weekends (9 a.m.-8 p.m.):

Redwood Urgent Care
1525 West 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone: 801-213-9700

Over night (8 p.m.-8 a.m.):

University Hospital Emergency Room
50 N Medical Drive
Phone: 801-581-2121

Preserve the scene of the incident and notify.

Do not disturb the scene of the incident or move/remove any materials involved in the incident.  An investigation may need to take place.  The injured/ill individual’s supervisor should contact OEHS at 801-581-6590 to report the incident as soon as possible.

If the accident is “serious” (see definition below) or involves a fatality the supervisor must  IMMEDIATELY notify Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During work hours, call 801-581-6590. After hours, call University Police Dispatch, 801-585-2677.  OEHS will notify Utah Occupational Safety and Health Division within the mandated eight-hour reporting time frame.

Disabling and serious injuries include, but are not limited to the following: any injury or illness resulting in admittance to the hospital, and/or injuries such as amputation, fracture, deep cuts, severe burns, electric shock, sight impairment, loss of consciousness and concussions

Do the paperwork

Within 72 hours (or as soon as possible) following the incident, complete the Workers Compensation first report of injury form 122 (also called an E-1)
Submit to University Human Resources, Absence Management Team.
Phone: 801-581-7447
Fax: 801-585-7375