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WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation.
When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to report forthwith certain injuries and diseases to WorkSafe and investigate these injuries.
This fact sheet offers essential information to assist employers in meeting their obligations under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.
Work related deaths and certain types of injuries and diseases must be reported forthwith to WorkSafe. Reporting is a legal requirement under OSH legislation.
Reporting must be done by the relevant employer(s) when an injury or disease occurs at a workplace or at certain employer provided accommodation (eg in regional areas).
Relevant employers include the self-employed, principal contractors and labour hire agents. In some cases, WorkSafe will require notification of the same reportable death, injury or disease by different ‘relevant employers’.
Reporting of injuries and diseases can be done by completing an online form on WorkSafe’s website.
For reporting a workplace fatality or serious injury call the Accident Notification Line immediately on 1800 678 198.
Types of injuries that must be reported are:
Types of diseases that must be reported are:
Call the free Enquiries Line on 1300 307 877 or go to www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/worksafe to access further information and resources.
The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires employers to investigate injuries within reasonable time, determine action (if any) and notify the employee who reported the injury of the outcome of the investigation.
The main objective of an investigation is prevention. The way the investigation is carried out depends on the seriousness or complexity of the incident, but it is best done as a team so all parties can contribute their skills and knowledge.
Persons appointed by the employer to investigate an injury must base conclusions and recommendations on information and evidence collected during the investigation.
The following people should be considered for the team:
Persons requested to carry out an injury investigation should be provided with relevant information and training.
The employer remains responsible for the investigation and the follow up actions.
Investigation procedures need to be systematic. For any investigation, the team should:
After the initial investigation is complete, the team should:
Look for causes, not blame. Systems fail for many reasons and the people involved are not always the cause of the incident.
Build a chain of events to identify all the causes. For the investigation to be successful it is necessary to establish the:
Further information about injury investigations are included in the publication Tips for investigating accidents and incident.