You cannot prevent accidents from happening at work but, if they do, you must handle them lawfully and wisely. To do that, you must keep a record of every workplace accident (often called a register of injuries). This must be available at all times, showing the name of the injured person, the date and time of injury, brief description of what happened, where it happened and its cause.
Anyone injured at work, including direct worker, agency employee, contractor, customer or visitor, must be on the register of injuries. Always store personal data carefully in line with privacy law.
You must also review the incident to find out whether there are steps you could take to stop it from happening again. A serious injury, or risk to plant and equipment, will need a more in-depth investigation.
In some cases, employers have to use a particular form for workplace accidents. Workplace health and safety (WHS) legislation says you must keep records of certain incidents, eg death, hospitalisation or serious injury. The requirement to keep records about work health and safety matters is subject to the WHS legislation that applies in your state or territory.
Employsure can help you keep good accident records to protect your business. For peace of mind, please call our 24 hour Advice Line now on 1300 651 415.