If you have been injured at work

An occupational injury is an injury that has arisen due to an accident at work or that in some other way is caused by work. An incident is an undesirable event that could have led to injury.

 

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You must report all accidents and illnesses that have arisen due to work to your line manager, whether they resulted in sickness absence or not.

What you need to do

  • Tell your line manager what has happened. A report forms an important basis for reimbursements, or compensation from the insurances that employees are covered by.
  • To verify the injury, it is advisable to see a medical doctor. Save all certificates and receipts that are linked to the occupational injury.
  • Read through Procedures for employees when reporting an occupational injury
  • Report the injury to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) and the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket). Reports are to be made in consultation with the employer and the work environment representative. You can also submit a report through the work injury report form instead of through the online service.
  • Report incidents through the incident report form
  • Submit a claim to AFA Försäkring called Skadeanmälan PSA, which is a work injury insurance for government employees, if you wish to apply for compensation for costs incurred by the disease or occupational injury. Your head of department or other manager must sign the claim. You may also be eligible for compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, which is a work injury insurance for government employees, if you wish to apply for compensation for costs incurred by the disease or occupational injury. Your head of department or other manager must sign the claim. You may also be eligible for compensation from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency.

A report also highlights shortcomings in the work environment and enables the University to investigate and attend to them, and prevent further injuries.

If you get injured abroad

If you are abroad on business travel and get injured, for instance in a traffic accident, you must submit two reports, one to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and one to the Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Agency (Kammarkollegiet). The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Agency’s business travel insurance applies round the clock, day and night during business travel.

If you need emergency assistance when abroad, for instance if you are hospitalised or need to arrange new transport back home, you must contact Falck Global Assistance. They are available round the clock, day and night. Phone: +46 8 587 717 49. Email: fga@se.falck.com

What is an occupational injury or an incident?

Examples of occupational injuries

  • Accidental injury: Injuries arisen due to an accident at work, at a training course or on a business trip.
  • Commuting injury: Injuries arisen when commuting between home and the workplace. The commute starts or finishes when the employee crosses the threshold at home.
  • Occupational disease: A disease caused by damaging effects from work for a long period of time, for instance a mentally stressful work environment, such as stress, bullying or abuse; or a disease caused by the work environment, such as harmful substances, heavy or repetitive work task, vibrations, noise or mentally stressful tasks.
  • Transmission: If the employee is exposed to transmission of an infectious substance, for instance in a lab or when caring for infectious patients with confirmed disease.

Injuries could take the form of

  • bodily injuries arisen at work
  • bodily injuries due to threat or violence at work
  • bodily injuries arisen on the way to or from work
  • ill health due to psychosocial work environment issues, for instance conflicts at work or a high workload.

Examples of serious occupational injuries or incidents

Examples of serious occupational injuries or incidents are:

  • fractures (broken bones)
  • large nerve damage to muscles or tendons
  • damage to sensory organs, for instance hearing or eyesight
  • damage to inner organs
  • extensive loss of blood
  • second and third-degree burns
  • events that affect a person mentally, for instance chock caused by threat of violence or a traffic accident
  • Exposure to COVID-19

A serious incident is an event that could lead to grave danger of ill health or an accident, such as

  • severe cases of bullying, abuse and harassment
  • being subjected to harmful stress for a long period and reacting intensely to it
  • threat of violence, if the incident caused serious danger to life or health, for instance threat at the point of a knife or firearm
  • death threats made with intent, other threats of violence against someone or severe cases of bullying
  • falling from a few metres without physical injury
  • overhanging cargo or if items have fallen close to someone or where someone could have been stood
  • a leakage of smoke, gas or chemical substances without injury to an employee
  • an explosion in a room that was empty of people at the time.

What your manager will do

Your manager is to report occupational injuries to the Swedish Social Insurance Agency and the Swedish Work Environment Authority. Reports are made in consultation with the work environment representative at your department, office or equivalent.

Serious incidents are always reported by your manager to the Swedish Work Environment Authority, and the report must be filed within 24 hours

Less severe incidents are reported by your manager to the work environment coordinator at the Property Management Office and the reports constitute an important part of improving the work environment at our workplace.

 

Anja Axelsson
12/20/2021