Have you ever been on a job where an accident has happened? Perhaps you’ve tripped over or sprained your ankle, or maybe cut yourself on something sharp?
There are many different types of incidents and accidents that can occur in the workplace, ranging from mild to life threatening. This is a crucial element of the course criteria that is addressed in our White Card online training course.
To break this down, we’ve categorised and defined the risks associated with workplace incidents into three different groups, organised by danger level.
The word ‘notifiable’ is defined as ‘something serious that must be reported to appropriate authorities’. The reason it is called a ‘notifiable’ incident is because when these types of incidences occur, the person conducting or undertaking a business must notify Workplace Health and Safety in your state of territory, using the correct form, within 24-48 hours of the incident occurring depending on your state requirements.
Notifiable incident includes:
- The death of a person
- A serious injury or illness, or event
A serious incident is a ‘serious injury or illness’. These are determined by factors such as if a person requires immediate treatment (eg: being a patient in a hospital) or treatment for the following:
- Amputation of any part of the body
- Serious head or eye injury
- Serious burn
- Separation of skin from underlying tissue
- Spinal injury
- Loss of bodily function
- Serious lacerations
- If they need medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance.
A dangerous incident is any workplace accident or incident that exposes a worker to serious risk of health or safety risk of exposure resulting in possible or definite harm.
The following examples are classified as ‘dangerous incidents’:
- Spillage or leakage of a substance
- Uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire
- Uncontrolled escape of gas, steam, or a pressurised substance
- An electric shock
- A fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing
- Collapse, overturning, failure, malfunction, or damage to any plant that is required to be authorised for use
- Collapse or partial collapse of a structure
- Collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation
- Inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel
- Interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel
So what should you do if any of these incidents occur?
Following the correct procedures when reporting incidents in the workplace is an important part of dealing with hazards!
Remember that all workers involved have a responsibility to assist in recording incidents. It’s important that all health and safety activities, including incidents, are well documented.
Our White Card Online training is what you need to successfully complete in order to get your General Construction Induction Card (that’s the White Card!). The aim of this online training is to bring you up to speed in the areas of safety awareness and common hazards and incidents on construction sites! So chances are, if you’re reading this blog – the training is likely something that is applicable to you.
Anyone who wants to work in construction in Queensland legally has to complete the White Card Online training and show their White Card when requested. By law your employer has to provide you with other training such as a Site Induction and Task Specific inductions, but your White Card is the minimum requirement.
To find out more, read our extended White Card Online course info, here.