Serious safety incidents may include accidents, injuries, deaths or anything that seriously threatens safety, such as fire, equipment failures, building collapses.
Employers and people who control workplaces have a responsibility to report serious incidents to the health and safety regulator. Reportable incidents include deaths, serious injuries and incidents that seriously threaten safety such as building or machinery collapses, fires or chemical spills.
If a serious incident occurs, your employer must:
- Take immediate actions to protect safety
- Report the incident to the health and safety regulator straight away by phone
- Notify Health and Safety Representatives if their work group is affected
- Create an incident report within 48 hours and make it available when asked
- Conduct a risk assessment and introduce controls to prevent future incidents (in consultation with workers).
Call emergency services on 000 if there is serious danger or somebody is seriously injured.
All workers have a right to cease work when there is an immediate threat to their safety.
Funding for this factsheet was provided by:
- the Victorian Government as part of the uTech project; and
- the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Please note that the information given here is general information only and is not legal advice. For further assistance, it is recommended you speak to your union.