It is a legal obligation of the PCBU to notify SafeWork SA of any work-related injury that requires treatment as an inpatient in a hospital immediately after the injury (disregarding any time taken for emergency treatment or to get the person to hospital).
This legal obligation does not lie with the hospital. In accordance with section 38 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA) as a PCBU, you must notify SafeWork SA of fatalities, serious injuries and illnesses, and dangerous incidents that arise out of the conduct of the business or undertaking, as soon as you become aware of the incident.
The notification to SafeWork SA must be by the fastest available means and can be made by phone or in writing (such as by fax, email or other electronic means). If the notification is by phone this must be followed up in writing within 48 hours if SafeWork SA requests it.
If you are reporting work-related injuries or incidents to SafeWork SA the 24 hour Emergency Telephone number is 1800 777 209.
If you are unsure whether or not to report any work-related injuries or incidents to SafeWork SA contact the SafeWork SA Help Centre on 1300 365 255.
The following are required to be immediately notified to SafeWork SA:
- A work related death
- A injury that:
- requires admittance to hospital as an inpatient or immediate treatment for any condition or a prescribed serious illness listed on the notifiable incident report form
- requires medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance
- is a dangerous incident
Examples of 'dangerous incidents' include:
- the collapse or failure of an excavation, including shoring
- the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of plant that is required to be authorized for use by the regulations
- the collapse or partial collapse of a structure
- an electrical shock
- an uncontrolled implosion, explosion, fire or escape of gas, steam or other pressurised substance
A full list of reportable dangerous incidents is on the Notifiable Incident Report Form (PDF 193kb).