How many times have you sustained an injury at work and not reported it, only to find out later that it keeps getting worse and worse to the point that you cannot go to work? Have you or an employee ever sustained a major injury at work and not reported it to SafeWork SA? You could be liable for penalties!
Our WHS and RTW Coordinator, Cos Lamberto, deals with notifiable incidents and serious injuries on a regular basis. Cos said, “Notifiable incidents are something I usually encounter when I am investigating an injury sustained in the workplace and an employee hasn’t filed an injury report. Often serious injuries can be easily prevented and there a number of things that hosts, employers and apprentices can do to put preventative strategies in place.”
“However, accidents do still occur and we are here to help you”, Cos said.
Under the Work, Health and Safety Act (SA) 2012, all workers and employers have responsibilities to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and for the workplace to be a safe environment and not expose risks of work-related harm.
Our policies state that all apprentices must report workplace injuries as soon as possible to workplace management and the MTA.
What is a Notifiable Incident?
South Australia's work health and safety laws require a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking (PCBU) to notify SafeWork SA of certain serious injuries or illnesses, dangerous incidents or deaths that occur at work immediately after becoming aware that it has occurred.
Incidents are notifiable if they arise out of the conduct of a business or undertaking and may relate to anyone at a workplace: a worker, contractor or member of the public.
While anyone at a workplace can report a notifiable incident, PCBUs are legally obligated to do so. Failure to report a notifiable incident to SafeWork SA is an offence and penalties apply.
Notification by the PCBU must be done as soon as practicable after having become aware of the incident and via the fastest means available. In most cases, this is by telephone. SafeWork SA may request confirmation of incident details in writing within 48 hours of your telephone notification.
If any serious injuries or notifiable incidents occur in relation to your apprentices this holiday period, please call Cos on 0409 934 580.