What are the health and safety requirements when someone has an accident?
Details of all work-related accidents or incidents that have harmed or might have harmed any person must be recorded in an accident register. This includes accidents or incidents involving employees, self-employed people, customers and other visitors to a place of work.
When a work-related accident results in serious harm:
Make sure anyone injured or suspected of injury has received first aid or medical attention if necessary.
Do NOT interfere with the accident scene, unless:
o An Department of Labour health and safety inspector has given permission,
o It is necessary to save someone's life or prevent harm or suffering to them,
o It is necessary to maintain access by the general public to an essential service or utility, or
o It is necessary to prevent serious damage to property.
Advise the local Department of Labour health and safety office as soon as possible by phone or fax.
Carry out / co-operate with any subsequent investigation.
Mail or fax written notice to the nearest Department of Labour health and safety office within 7 days. The written notice can use the Accident or Serious Harm Form
or else must contain the same details as this form.
Keep the original (or a copy) written notice in the accident register. If the accident register is kept in a different form, the same details must be recorded.
Take steps to eliminate, isolate or minimise any identified hazard, once a Inspector gives permission to interfere with the accident scene.
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Date Modified: Monday, 8 July 2013
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