We all go to work each day expecting to come home to our families healthy and safe, but accidents can occur, and unfortunately, workers sometimes get injured in the process of performing their duties. If you get injured at work, the first thing you should do is immediately seek appropriate medical treatment and then call your families and notify them of your status.
In a case where a serious injury or death occurs in a workplace, your employer must immediately notify WorkSafe by calling them on 132 360. Your employer must also not interfere with the scene of the incident, except to:
Employers must submit a written report of the incident work WorkSafe within 48 hours, and they must keep a copy of their records for five years.
As soon as you become aware of your injury, you should record all of the details in the Register of Injuries report, which can be in the form of a diary, exercise book or an electronic file where all of the information about your injury is stored. Your employer is required to have a Register of Injuries at the worksite, or you can download a template here.
Your Register of Injuries report should consist of detailed information about your injury that might be helpful to your claim, such as details of the treatment you received when the incident happened and whether you returned to work that day.
It should also include the following;
Your employer must then officially advise you of your injury in writing by providing you with a copy of your entry in the Register of Injuries report to begin the Claims process.
You will need to notify your employer within 30 days of you becoming aware of your work-related injury by formally completing a Register of Injuries entry.
However, if you have not reported your injury within 30 days, there is still scope to lodge a claim and have it accepted. It can be helpful to consult with one of our personal injury solicitors before lodging a claim if this has happened to you.
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