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Accident/Incident Reporting

Safety Office


Purpose

Legislative requirements demand documenting accidents in the workplace for legal and insurance purposes.

Reporting incidents which don't involve injury assists the Safety Office in monitoring trends and working with supervisors to make improvements to working conditions and the safety program.

An accident is an undesired event which causes harm to people or damage to property. An incident is an event which under slightly different circumstances could cause injury or damage to property.

Click here to download an Incident Report Form

Process

Serious Incidents:

A serious incident must be reported to the province and is defined in the Safety and Health Act (W210 10/02) by the following:

  1. Death
  2. Collapse or structural failure of a building, tower, crane hoist, temporary construction support system. or excavation
  3. Explosion, fire, or flooding
  4. Fracture of a major bone
  5. Amputation, or cuts requiring hospitalization or time off work
  6. Loss of sight
  7. Third degree burns
  8. Unconsciousness resulting from concussion, electrical contact, asphyxiation
  9. Poisoning
  10. Any injury resulting in paralysis
  11. Any other injury likely to endanger life or cause permanent disability.

If a serious incident occurs, care for the person first and report the incident to the Workplace Safety and Health Specialist (204 782 2588) by the fastest means available.

Other Incidents:

The UWinnipeg’s Incident Report form must be completed for incidents even if there were no injuries sustained, regardless if the injured person is a student or visitor.

Injured employees must also complete a Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) form, if appropriate. If you are not certain if you have WCB coverage, contact Mark Betcher (Manager, Campus Health & Wellness).

Information for Workers (including students working in laboratories)

If you suffer an injury while at work:

1. Seek medical attention or call 911 for emergencies.

2. Report your injury to your supervisor as soon as possible and start an incident report form by entering your particulars and a description of the incident.

Information for Supervisors

1. Report the incident to the Health & Safety Specialist (204.786.9894) or Campus Security (204.786.9272).

2. Accept incident report and meet with employee to discuss the incident direct and indirect causes. Complete all sections of the incident report.

3. Submit completed incident report to departmental manager for signature.

Information for Managers

1. Accept incident report and meet with supervisor & employee to implement corrective action with a focus on prevention of recurrence.

2. Sign off on incident report and support to Workplace Safety and Health Specialist

Where supervisors are unable to fully complete the form within 24 hours, notify the Workplace Safety and Health Specialist


Workplace Health and Safety Committee Involvement

1. Participate in the investigation of all serious incidents and dangerous occurrences.

2. Review and analyze incident reports and make recommendations.

3. Participate in Incident Investigation training.