Understand the safety conditions – Lost Time Injury

Lost Time Injury (LTI) is a work-related injury or illness that results in an individual being unable to work on a next scheduled workday or shift.

Example: An employee is injured on the job on Wednesday. He would work regular hours on Thursdays and Fridays and overtime on Saturdays. He was ordered to stay off work until Monday and did so. This is a lost time injury. The employee missed three scheduled workdays (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), and all three days are counted as lost workdays in this case.

Limited work situation (RWC) is a work-related injury or illness that results in limitations on work activity that prevents a person from performing any task of his/her normal job or doing all of the work during part of the day.

Example: An employee’s normal job requires repetitive lifting and other manual tasks. He is injured and is not allowed to lift more than 5 kilograms. Many items normally lifted in the course of his work exceed this limit. The employee is temporarily placed in another department because work in this department does not involve lifting. Another worker is assigned to do the injured worker’s job. This is a case of work limitation because the employee has been transferred to another position.

Medical Treatment Case (MTC) is a work-related injury or illness that requires medication, treatment, or medical monitoring normally performed by a healthcare professional beyond a first aid case. A case of medical treatment does not result in a lost time after the date of the injury.

Example: An employee has a torn arm after coming into contact with a sharp edge. The plant nurse applies steri-strips to the wound. This case can be registered because the application of steri-strips for wound closure is by definition regarded as medical treatment.

First Aid Case (FAC) is a minor work-related injury or illness that requires only simple treatment and no follow-up treatment by a healthcare professional. First aid kit does not lead to lost time or work restrictions.

First aid. Any single treatment and subsequent observation of minor scrapes, cuts, burns, splinters, etc., which usually do not require medical attention. Such treatment and observation are considered first aid, even if provided by a healthcare professional.

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