It is important that incidents which could potentially lead to an accident (known as a near miss) are reported.
We need to know so we can:
- investigate ways to avoid the incident or accident occurring again
- log the incident in our accident register
- determine if we need to contact WorkCover / WorkSafe
- decide if we need to advise the insurance company if anyone involved has to have treatment or time off work.
These are part of our legal obligations as an employer. Part of your obligation as an employee is to report any accidents or incidents to the boss and the Safety Officer.
Did you know?
WorkCover / WorkSafe must be informed of certain workplace accidents and incidents.
Accidents and incidents that result in the following must be reported immediately:
- There is a fatality.
- There is a serious injury where a person:
- requires a limb amputation
- suffers serious burns
- loses consciousness
- is placed on life support
- is trapped by machinery or a confined space.
- An incident where there is an immediate threat to life (but there has not yet been an injury) such as:
- major damage to machinery or buildings
- collapse of an excavation.
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