One of your primary messages to your workers should be:
REPORT ALL INCIDENTS, ACCIDENTS AND NEAR MISSES TO YOUR MANAGER IMMEDIATELY…. NO MATTER HOW MINOR
Incident reporting is necessary for several reasons:
- Reporting enables the correction of the situation and helps prevent similar future occurrences.
- If an incident results an injury treatment will be required.
- WHS Queensland requires certain incidents to be notified to them.
It is extremely important that the worker reports incidents right away, no matter how minor it may be. Even if the injury is minor or if there is no initial injury and you feel it is not worth reporting, the incident must be documented.
The reason for this is that minor injuries can worsen over time and become more of an issue. If this happens and there was no report of the incident, it may be difficult to argue that it happened at work. Furthermore, reporting an incident right away will allow for corrective action to be taken sooner, possibly preventing others from becoming injured, and ensure the details are accurate as the event will still be fresh in the mind of the worker.
Failure to have a system in place at your workplace to adequately report and record injuries can result in:
- Fraudulent Workers Compensation Claims and
- Potential negligence claims against the Company