Health and safety incidents
Employers, occupiers and persons in charge must report incidents to WorkSafe Victoria at 132 360. See Your legal duties for notification time frames.
Deaths and life-threatening injuries, like amputations, must be reported immediately.
Other serious incidents, such as those listed below, should be reported as soon as the employer is aware of the incident.
- a person requires medical treatment:
- after exposure to a substance
- as an inpatient in hospital
- for a serious injury such as an amputation, a head or eye injury, electric shock, spinal injuries or serious laceration.
- incidents where employees or other persons are in the immediate vicinity of a risk such as:
- registered or licensed plant that has collapsed, overturned, failed or malfunctioned
- collapse of an excavation supporting an excavation
- collapse of a building or structure
- implosion, explosion or fire
- incidents involving Dangerous Goods
- plant or objects falling from high places
- in relation to a mine:
- overturning or collapse of any plant
- inrush of water, mud or gas
- interruption of the main system of ventilation.
WorkSafe will call the employer or occupier the same day and advise the employer or occupier:
- if an inspector will visit their site
- whether the employer or occupier can disturb the incident scene.
Serious incidents will be assessed by a WorkSafe Inspector. For more information, refer to compliance and enforcement.