Accident at work?
If you become aware of a safety incident at work that had a potential for injury, we ask that you Email the Safety Committee about the incident. Please provide as much detail as you can as well as a phone number where a Safety Committee member can contact you. The union publishes these reports anonymously so that others can benefit from your experience. Click the Close Call/Near Miss tab to learn more.
Injured on the job?
- Immediately notify your supervisor, the personnel department, and your union steward or Local 1245 Business Representative.
- Get the medical treatment you need. You may be required to see a doctor selected by your employer. If you are injured on the job, your employer’s insurance company is obligated to pay for reasonable and necessary medical treatment.
- If your employer has written an “incident report,” get a copy of it. Your union steward and the employer should obtain the names of workers who witnessed your injury or assisted you afterward, as you may need this information if you seek workers’ compensation benefits.
You also may be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits or vocational rehabilitation benefits. If you file a claim for benefits and it is rejected, you may appeal the ruling, even to the courts. Experts recommend seeking legal advice. Attorneys who have previously represented Local 1245 members in Workers Compensation cases include: Boxer & Gerson and Mastagni, Holstedt, & Amick.
Private-sector and federal/state/local government workers injured on the job can find out more about Workers Compensation from these websites:
- California Workers Compensation Board
- Nevada Workers Compensation Board
- U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (for federal workers)
If you are a Local 1245 member who has been injured on the job and you are unsure how to proceed, please contact your Business Representative.