my left back shoulder hurt. asked to go to the clinic

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by eplaner, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. eplaner

    eplaner New Member

    i told them i wasn't sure if i got hurt from working or at home. so they told me theres a alot people trying to fruad the companys money. and since i told them i wan't sure if where i got hurt i can't go to the clinic. my full time sup looked pretty angry and went kinda harsh on me.
    then he cut me and go home before i work 3.50 hour. then i ask him i should get my 3.50 hour right. then he told me just go home, he'll get me a shop streward tomorrow.

    What gonna happen
    Am i in trouble.
  2. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    1st mistake that will come back to bite you. You never tell them your not sure where you got hurt. YOU GOT HURT AT WORK. Nothing is going happen they can't do anything to you if your in the union. Other than sending you to see there DR to make sure your ok to work your fine.
  3. Southwestern

    Southwestern New Member

    The clinic is specifically for work related injuries. If you ask to go to the clinic, then you need to be definite that you're reporting an injury that happened at work. You need to be precise; you need to be able to identify how & when the injury happened / when you first noticed the pain.

    ANY TIME you report an injury, you should be prepared for some level of harassment. In the last year or so the company has been cracking down on "frivolous" injury claims; even if you were illegitimately injured at work, you can expect that they'll attempt to convince you (including using intimidation & harassment techniques) the injury did not happen at work. Thus, when you report an injury and explicitly state that you're uncertain as to whether the injury occurred at work or not, you can see why there would be a problem.

    No, you won't be in trouble tomorrow. But expect a scolding and expect a target to be on your back for awhile. You could always file for your 3.5, but it will only make the situation worse ... and the company will likely counter that you told them you were injured seriously enough to go to the clinic, so thus they couldn't risk you working. They may even issue you a de facto suspension requesting that you provide a doctor's not clearing you to work. (Not likely, but very possible.)

    Best advice: think to yourself when you first noticed your injury, determine if you have a history of that type of pain and then think about where the injury happened. Be prepared to say something like "While I was loading Monday, I experienced a sharp pain in my shoulder and I've continued to experience some discomfort. I've never experienced this type of pain before, and while I can't think of what triggered it, it must've happened at work. Otherwise, I can't think of how else it would've happened. Sorry I wasn't clear yesterday." Maybe they'll let you go to the clinic, maybe they'll send you home (to your doctor) or maybe they'll let you work.

    When you do return to work, keep your nose clean. And remember -- any interaction you have with management should always be clear & explicit.
  4. gorilla75jdw

    gorilla75jdw Active Member

    be ready for a drug test , seems thats the trend around here lately
  5. eplaner

    eplaner New Member

    thx for the reply guy. didn't went pretty bad. they had me just do recycles between pds. and want me back to be a superman at monday.

    cleaerly they would ask me how am i or hows my back shoulder doing.
    Should i tell them ( its better or something else even though it still feels uncomfort?)
    which it could get worse if i go loadin heavy stuff

    edit: i only been working for 7months
    so no pay days off..
  6. kingOFchester

    kingOFchester Well-Known Member

    NO, make sure you get it looked at and follow the recovery plan as suggested by a Dr. You work and do further damage, you could be looking at a life time of problems. UPS will not be there for you.
  7. faded jeans

    faded jeans just a member

    One of our feeder drivers heard there would be a drug test and he studied for 3 days.