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Under work health and safety legislation, certain 'notifiable incidents' must be immediately reported to SafeWork NSW. These incidents may relate to an employee, contractor or member of the public.

A notifiable incident is:

  • the death of a person
  • a serious injury or illness
  • a dangerous incident.

You must notify SafeWork NSW immediately you become aware of the notifiable incident.

In addition to providing first aid where required, you must also:

  • secure the site and take care not to disturb anything until an inspector attends to carry out an investigation
  • record the incident in the register of injuries
    • records must be kept for 5 years from the date of notification
  • notify your insurer within 48 hours.

Ensure that procedures have been put in place so work health and safety incidents are promptly reported to the people responsible for notifying SafeWork NSW.

Significant penalties apply if you fail to report a notifiable incident.

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