An accident at work is impossible to avoid! If it happens, it happens. It's something you didn't plan and it's an incident you have to live with. There's over 70% of population working on business premises, if not, it's business transports. So be warned now as accidents never sleep.
Work accidents are not common as there is a huge impact from Health and Safety. Checks are carried out periodically to ensure a workplace is free from hazards, to prevent accidents. If however, they do occur, cause of accident is investigated and future prevention is carried out. So there is always a big helping hand from Health and Safety Standards.
If an accident at work does occur, it's embarrassing. Colleagues can't believe it happened to you and become more precautious with their role. They feel sorry for you for now, not being able to competently complete your role. So they give you a hand. Initially there's remorse all around... it becomes an understanding culture.
After a while it becomes a pain, especially for your colleagues who keep putting a halt to their job to help you. Frustration arises and in their heads they'll be thinking. 'Now he's taking ****!' But you're NOT. You are one that had accident at work and your body welcomes injuries in different ways to others. After a while tension gathers in atmosphere and by now you're reported to supervisor and disciplinary action is just round corner.
You feel let down. In a workplace environment, business is business, no matter who you are. You have your own targets and deadlines to achieve. If they're not met, you will jeopardise your position. This is game for any business. Each worker has a family to feed, so they need work to fulfil that criteria.
Also an accident at work can possibly jeopardise your position. It could prevent you from carry out your 'full' responsibility. Initially everybody understands, but after a while they'll be thinking 'it was only a small fall'. But only you know it wasn't just a small fall. It's not only made an adjustment to your working life, it also messed up your social and family life. You can't sleep, shower properly, play sports or even have sex. But only you see that side of picture, your colleagues don't. They only see you at work.
Back to your working life... over time, supervisor now reports you to person above and you're just waiting for your name to be called to see manager. Now it's going to hit you. You're either, get laid off, get demoted, or transferred to another department. This is where it hurts most. The managers can't do anything but take necessary actions to ensure your position is 'fully' meeting its targets.
But he's your best friend... so, it's not his company and even if your best friend doesn't take action against you, someone above his ranking will take action against him. So either way something will happen to your role. Remember, if a business does not fulfil its role to provide product and services to its' buyers or users, then definition of business is not fulfilled.