How to report an incident
Reporting of work injuries and diseases to WorkSafe
Information on legal requirements for the reporting of accidents
The following information is found in the pamphlet About WorkSafe.
All deaths and certain types of injury or disease, in connection with work, must be reported to WorkSafe. Failure to report could lead to prosecution.
Reporting must be done by the relevant employer whenever death or certain types of injury occurs in connection with the relevant employer's business. Relevant employers may include the self-employed, principal contractors, labour hire agents and directors.
In some cases, WorkSafe will require notification of the same reportable death, injury or disease by different 'relevant employers'. For example, if a manufacturer hired a self-employed contractor whose work caused a reportable injury at the manufacturer's workplace, a report would be required from both the manufacturer and the self-employed person.
Reporting is required for employees who suffer death/injury/disease at work or at employer provided residential premises as described under s23G(2) of the Act.
Types of injuries that must be reported:
- A fracture of the skull, spine or pelvis.
- A fracture of any bone in the arm, other than in the wrists or hand, or in the leg, other than a bone in the ankle or foot.
- An amputation of an arm, a hand, finger, finger joint, leg, foot, toe or toe joint.
- The loss of sight of an eye.
- Any injury other than those referred to above which, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, is likely to prevent the employee from being able to work within 10 days of the day on which the injury occurred.
Types of diseases that must be reported
Infectious diseases: tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, legionnaire's disease and HIV where these diseases are contracted during work involving exposure to human blood products, body secretions, excretions or other material which may be a source of infection.
Occupational zoonoses: Q fever, anthrax, leptospiroses and brucellosis where these diseases are contracted during work involving the handling of, or contact with, animals, animal hides, skins, wool, hair, carcases or animal waste products.
How to report
Notification will be accepted either in person, in writing, by fax, by telephone or email. You can download copies of the forms from the links below.
- Notification of injury form
- Notification of injury form (editable word version)
- Notification of disease form
- Notification of disease form (editable word version)
Print copies of the forms are available from WorkSafe 1800 678 198.