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 now cannot go to work as the pain is too great and prevents you from working?
These are sometimes the situations identified when investigating an apprentice’s workplace injury report. In most occasions, should the initial incident be reported when it first happened, preventative strategies could have been implemented at work to potentially reduce the likelihood of the injury becoming worse, resulting in time off work.
Early incident reporting does not necessarily refer to physical injuries only. It can also include psychological signs that are impacting on the worker performing their normal daily work tasks.
Under the WHS Act 2012, all workers and employers have specific responsibilities to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and for the workplace to be a safe environment. Our policies state that all apprentices must report workplace injuries as soon as possible to the host employer and the MTA.
Experience tells us that for every serious accident, there are a greater number of minor accidents and near misses. When we ignore a minor accident or near miss, we are increasing the odds that a serious accident will occur, and miss the opportunity to make the workplace safer. Reporting minor incident increases safety awareness for you and your co-workers.
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.For further information on reporting incidents please call Cos Lamberto or click here to contact Cos.