A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) or a person in control of a premises must notify WorkSafe ACT of a serious event or dangerous occurrence immediately after becoming aware that the incident has occurred.
What is a notifiable incident?
A notifiable incident is defined in section 35 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) as:
(a) the death of a person;
(b) the serious injury or illness of a person; or
(c) a dangerous incident.
When notifying WorkSafe ACT of a notifiable incident, the following steps must be followed:
What does preserving the site mean?
The PCBU or the person with management or control of the workplace must ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the site where the incident occurred is preserved and not disturbed until an inspector arrives at the site or makes a direction otherwise (whichever is earlier). This allows the inspector to undertake the investigation in relation to the incident.
The site where the incident occurred may only be disturbed where:
Penalties apply for a failure to notify WorkSafe ACT of a notifiable incident and for failing to preserve an incident site.