Accidents and injuries in the workplace
Workplace injuries can have a big impact on your business, whether it's due to reduced productivity, lost sales, lower staff morale, or even closure.
If a worker is injured during the course of their employment, they're entitled to make a workers' compensation claim. Accidents usually need to be recorded in an accident log for insurance purposes. It's your responsibility as an employer to ensure that all employees understand their rights and responsibilities relating to workplace accidents.
Under state and territory laws, an employer must also report certain events, such as death, serious injury or a dangerous incident that could have caused death or injury. Under these laws you must also take reasonable steps to provide an injured worker with rehabilitation or suitable duties while being paid compensation.
Reporting accidents and injuries in your state or territory
- Australian Capital Territory - Reporting serious events
- New South Wales - Report an incident or injury
- Northern Territory - Incident reporting
- Queensland - Reporting an incident
- South Australia - What to do when a worker is injured
- Tasmania - Incident notification
- Victoria - Recording an injury
- Western Australia - Reporting accidents and industrial diseases