Accidents & Reportable Incidents

Injuries, accidents and near misses

Injuries, accidents and near misses are all to be recorded on a Safety Improvement Request form. The Safety Management Representative is responsible for ensuring that the form is adequately completed following a thorough investigation into the causes of the accident by a suitably trained person.   Link to Form (Form 02)

Refer to Safety Manual pg. 42




Notifiable Incident

The Principal is to immediately report the following incidents which involve any person on site to
SafeWork SA  - telephone 1800 777 209 
NT WorkSafe - telephone NT 1800 019 115
WA Worksafe - telephone 1800 678 198

and the LSA Office by telephone or email: 8267 5565

• any death
• serious injury or illness (see definition below)
• a dangerous incident (see definition below)

Serious Injury or illness  includes:

  •  Immediate treatment as an inpatient in a hospital
  •  Immediate medical treatment for: amputation, serious head injury, serious eye injury, serious burn, de-gloving, scalping, spinal injury, the loss of a body function, serious lacerations
  •  Medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance
  •  Any other treatment described by Regulations (Regulation 699)

Dangerous Incidents include:

  •  An uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a hazardous substance
  •  An uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire
  •  An uncontrolled escape of gas, steam or pressurised substance
  •  Electric shock
  •  Fall or release from height of any plant, substance or object
  •  The collapse, overturning, failure, malfunction or damage to any plant that is required to be authorised for use in the regulations
  •  The collapse or partial collapse of a structure
  •  The collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation
  •  The inrush of water, mud or gas in workings in an underground excavation or tunnel
  •  The interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel
  •  Any other event prescribed in the Regulations

The site where the incident has occurred, including any plant, substances or structures must not be disturbed until directed by an Inspector, unless it is to make the site safe or to retrieve injured or deceased persons.

Reference:  Safety Manual (page 43)


Incident Reporting - Potential Worker Compensation Claim

When an injury occurs which may result in a Worker Compensation claim the worker and school are required to complete:
For SA
• WorkCover Claim Form
• WorkCover Employer Report Form

For NT
• NT Worker Compensation Claim Form

For WA

  • WA Worker Compensation Claim Form

The claims and reports are to be forwarded to the insurer as soon as practical, but no longer than 3 days for schools in the NT and 5 days for schools in SA.

LSA is to be immediately informed and an investigation team may be nominated.
A copy of the report is to be forwarded to the LSA and another copy retained on file.

Reference: Safety Manual, page 42

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