This is the second installment of the the blog of a couple of weeks ago regarding the importantance of properly completing injury reports.
The Conrail injury report is called an Employee Personal Injury Report, Form RMSA-1. It is important this report be completed accurately and completely. While it should be completed as soon as possible after the incident, it should not be completed when the injured persons is under duress, in severe pain or while heavily medicated. Any information regarding the cause of the injury should be included.
The important sections of the form are:
- Do you desire medical attention at this time: If you have any pain or discomfort or have any reason to believe you may be injured, you should seek medical attention immediately. Failure to do so may lead to a question by the railroad as to whether the incident was the cause of your injury.
- Describe what happened - give specific, detailed information: In this section, it is important to list any defective equipment, unsafe conditions or other factors that may have caused your injury. Do not include any extra information that is not relevant to the cause of your injury.
It is important that you obtain and retain a copy of your completed report. You should refer to the report if you are questioned at a later time about the injury:
Here is an image of a Form RMSA-1: conrail report.
By Matt Darby