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Office of Workers' Compensation Program (OWCP) and Location Procedures

(adapted from Manual 230 - Updated: 12/5/2005)

Policy:

The purpose of the OWCP is to provide benefits to civilian employees of the United States for disabilities due to personal injury or illness sustained while in performance of duty that includes wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, and vocational rehabilitation.  The program also provides benefits to dependents for a work-related injury or illness that causes an employee's death.

The program is required by FECA and is codified in 20 CFR, Part 10.  The OWCP, Department of Labor, administers FECA in district offices located throughout the United States.  It is policy that necessary steps are taken to make the workplace safe and productive, and, when injuries do occur, employees are given the best possible care and are returned to work as quickly as possible.

Procedure:

In the event that you are injured at work, the following steps are necessary:

  • Follow standard first aid protocols and seek medical attention, if necessary.
  • Contact your supervisor and the Administrative Officer (608/890-0044) within 24 hours of the accident/incident.
  • The Employee will need to complete an "Accident/Incident Report" (IR-E) and give to your supervisor within 24 hours.   The Supervisor will need to complete the "Accident/Incident Report" (IR-S) form and make sure both the employee and supervisor reports are turned in to the Location Administrative office within 24 hours of the incident.
  • If medical attention is sought, complete the "Federal Employee's Notice of Traumatic Injury and Claim for Continuation of Pay/Compensation" (CA-1) report available from the Administrative Office (608/890-0101) within 24 hrs.
  • If time allows, take the "Attending Physician's Report" (CA-20) to the medical provider* for completion and return the completed form to the Location Administrative Officer along with the CA-1 form.
  • Follow instructions provided by the attending physician and/or your immediate supervisor for returning to work.

*Medical provider: services provided by or under the supervision of a physician.  Chiropractors are not considered physicians and reimbursable chiropractic services are limited under worker's comp.

Remember, the goal is to make the workplace safe and productive, and, when injuries do occur, employees are given the best possible care and are returned to work as quickly as possible.

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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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