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Reporting Hazards, Incidents and Injuries

Reporting Hazards, Incidents and Injuries

Why report hazards, incidents and injuries?

Reporting hazards, incidents and injuries is vital for a healthy and safe workplace. Reporting can prevent repeated or new hazards, incidents and injuries. It can lead to improvements in health and safety for all workers.

All incidents, regardless of whether there is an injury or not, must be reported to the correct person in your workplace. (e.g. supervisor, foreman etc.).

This includes near misses or dangerous incidents even if there is no injury.

Sometimes there are legal requirement to report serious WHS issues to people or authorities outside the workplace, e.g. where:

  • There is a serious injury or illness of a person
  • There is a dangerous incident.
  • There is the death of a person

These are called ‘notifiable incidents’. In these cases, a report must be made to the correct authority, which in NSW, is SafeWork NSW

If there is a serious injury or illness, a death or a dangerous incident, you must report it to SafeWork NSW immediately on 13 10 50 as an urgent investigation might be needed.

Incidents can be notified 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 13 10 50.

PCBUs must also:

  • provide first aid and make sure the worker gets the right care
  • take care not to disturb the incident site until an inspector arrives. You can help an injured person and ensure safety of the site.
  • record it in the register of injuries
  • notify your insurer within 48 hours
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