By law, certain workplace health and safety incidents must be immediately reported to SafeWork NSW. These incidents may involve an employee, contractor or member of the public.

Incidents you must report are:

  • 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.

As well as 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
  • notify your insurer within 48 hours.

You should have procedures in place so work health and safety incidents are reported immediately.  

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

Last updated: 28 November 2023

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