Non-reporting of injuries can result in steep fines

Thursday, 1 November, 2012 - 11:00
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ACT Work Safety commissioner, Mark McCabe recently issued a warning to employers who fail to report serious injuries and dangerous incidents.

“The ACT’s Work Health and Safety Act 2011 places a requirement on employers to report notifiable incidents, that is, serious injuries or dangerous incidents, to WorkSafe ACT,” he said.

“Once the employer becomes aware of such incidents, they must be reported immediately, allowing of course for any calls to emergency services that may be required. Failure to comply with this requirement can leave employers open to fines of up to $50,000.

“WorkSafe ACT has become aware of a number of incidents in the past few weeks where employers have failed to report the matter to the regulator. In a number of these cases, WorkSafe will be preparing briefs for the Director of Public Prosecutions to prosecute these breaches through the courts.”

“Reporting these matters to WorkSafe ACT immediately is imperative,” said McCabe, who noted that many ACT employers have become “very lax” about complying with this obligation.

“If WorkSafe becomes aware of serious incidents through some other means, often the scene of the accident will have been disturbed and any investigation by the regulator will be compromised. Failure to preserve the site of such incidents for inspection by WorkSafe would be a further breach of the legislation, also with a $50,000 maximum fine,” he said.