Workers’ Compensation

USF St. Petersburg strives to provide a safe and healthy work environment. The Workers’ Compensation program is intended to provide medical treatment, disability leave and supplemental wages, as necessary, to eligible employees in the event they experience a work-related injury or illness. Eligible employees include Faculty, Administration, Staff, Federal Work Study student employees and Temporary (formerly OPS) employees, as well as volunteers, who sustain a work-related injury or illness. USF St. Petersburg (USFSP) is committed to returning employees to work, either on light or regular duty as appropriate, following a work-related injury or illness once a physician has released them to return to work.

The Workers’ Compensation program is administered by the Florida Department of Financial Services with the Division of Risk Management acting as the carrier. Medical case management services are provided to injured or ill employees and their supervisors by AmeriSys in partnership with the Division of Risk Management.

Requirement for an ill or injured employee:

An employee who becomes ill or is injured as the result of a work-related incident must report the incident to their supervisor immediately. USFSP wants the employee to receive proper care and treatment to minimize the seriousness of any injury or illness. Report any on-the-job injury to the supervisor, no matter how minor the injury may appear to be.

Requirements for the supervisor of an ill or injured employee:

When an employee reports a work-related injury or illness, take prompt action to:

  1. Ensure the employee receives necessary medical attention. In case of emergency, call 911 or immediately send the employee to a hospital emergency room.
  2. With the injured or ill employee, immediately call AmeriSys at 1-800-455-2079 to report the work-related injury or illness so the employee can receive appropriate care. In case of emergency, call AmeriSys as soon as practicable.
  3. Complete the Accident Investigation Report for Supervisors and forward to Human Resources within 24 hours.
  4. Take action to correct any safety hazards to prevent the same or similar injury or illness from occurring again.

HUMAN RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY COLLABORATION

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE HEALTH & SAFETY module improves efficiencies by utilizing technology

Human Resources (HR) has partnered with Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) to implement the Health & Safety module in GEMS. The module streamlines processes, reduces paperwork and enables us to be more pro-active in addressing potential risks and concerns.

We now have immediate on-line access to detailed data such as the – who, what, where and when of each incident or injury which enables us to transform our processes and eliminates the need for cumbersome manual reporting.

WHO – Who reported the incident?  Who was involved in the incident?  Who witnessed the incident?  Data can be maintained on parties regardless of their relationship with the University (i.e., employee or non-employee)
WHAT – What caused the incident? What was the result of the incident? What preventive or corrective action can be taken? What treatment was rendered to injured parties?WHERE – Where did the incident occur?  Specific information can be maintained whether on campus or off campus.WHEN – When did the incident occur (date and time)?

Having this important information on-line provides us with the ability to produce meaningful reports systemically, identify potential risk trends and develop preventive or corrective action plans.  It also gives us the ability to monitor an injured employee’s progress, track return to work restrictions, identify claim costs, etc.

As part of our migration to the new system, the Supervisor’s Accident Investigation Form has been redesigned.   Effective immediately you will need to use the new form.  Aside from the revised form, you will not experience any other changes to the Workers’ Compensation process.

For questions on how to report a work-related injury or illness or other workers’ compensation issues refer to the links below.