No matter how safe your work site and how careful your team, you’re going to have incidents. And when an incident occurs, you’ll need to fill out an incident report.
Incident reports are a must-have for any business running a work site. But what, exactly, are incident reports? Why are they important? And what’s the most effective way to report incidents?
Here’s everything you need to know about incident reports.
An incident report is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a report you need to create anytime there’s an incident at one of your work sites. Something is considered an incident if it involves:
If any of these incidents occur at one of your work sites, you’re required to notify your regulator immediately and then create an incident report as a record of the incident.
Incident reports hold significance as they establish a documented account of an occurrence. This documentation enables you to analyze the circumstances surrounding the incident, pinpoint areas that need enhancement, and foster a safer working environment for both your employees and contractors.
Incident reports are crucial for ensuring the utmost safety on your business’s work sites. Moreover, it’s imperative to stay current with reporting not only for safety reasons but also due to legal requirements. Failing to adequately report and document incidents can potentially lead to penalties and fines under the law.
To create an incident report, you’ll need to include all relevant details about the incident in your initial report; this includes the date and location, details about the incident, and all parties involved. As the incident continues to develop, you need to continue to add all relevant information (like any medical treatment received by employees).