On the Lighter Side of Workplace Injury

On the Lighter Side of Workplace Injury

Top 10 Things to Say After a Co-Worker’s Injury

Blog Feature, Tough Guy Carrying Tree

For as long as there’s been trees to cut down, resources to mine, and things to build, many have proudly proven themselves “Real Men” by acting tough after a workplace injury. While we, at TalentClick, are very serious about preventing these injuries, you just can’t help but laugh at some of the reactions people have to a colleague’s dumb mistake that could have (but did not) lead to a more serious incident. Here’s a short list of some of the more humorous things we’ve heard workers say after a co-worker does something less-than-smart:

  1. Rub some dirt on it and walk it off!
  2. Betcha won’t do that again now will you?
  3. Consider yourself taught!
  4. Oh that didn’t hurt.
  5. Throw some mud on it. It’ll cure anything!
  6. Just get up and get going.
  7. Suck it up and quit being such a girl
  8. Well now, that was pretty stupid thing to do wasn’t it?
  9. Are you hurt and injured? Cause if you’re only hurt then get back up!
  10. …and for my personal favorite:

  11. You gotta be tough if you’re gonna be dumb.

As you can see, many of these phrases involve “not being weak” and “getting up and getting to work”. Not a bad theme on a job, but in 2013 it sounds very irresponsible. On a serious note, if you see a co-worker injured on the job, follow proper safety procedures and make sure they’re safe. Then, report the incident and help your co-workers ensure the same incident never happens again. That way you won’t have to ever hear these cheesy phrases ever again 🙂