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Should you still report an injury on duty if the doctor didn't book your employee off work?

by , 14 June 2013
Our Health and Safety Club site has been super busy answering our readers' questions. One topic that comes up often is about incident reporting. It's a criminal offence not to report incidents but what should you do if your doctor doesn't think the injury is bad enough to submit a report?

Here's a question one of our club members' asked.

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Should you still report an injury on duty if the doctor didn't book your employee off work?
One of our employees fell and hurt her back while on duty. She went to the doctor the next day and was told it was a minor injury and she'd heal in a few weeks. The doctor didn't book her off work and said the injury is too small to invoke an Injury on Duty (IOD). Should the company still report the incident since the employee wasn't booked off work?

Keep reading to find out what the answer is.
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When should you report an injury on duty?
My advice is to report the incident, and send the doctor's bill to Workers Compensation Assistance (WCA). It's not up to the doctor to decide when it's an Incident on Duty. You must report all incidents and injuries in your workplace.

Remember you have seven days to report the incident on form WCl.2. The seven days started when you became aware of the incident, i.e. when the manager first hears about it. So you better send the form in quickly!
Other questions we've been asked are:
  1. Do we need to inform the DoL about the site inspections and what are the implications?
  2. Is our client allowed to stop us working on site due to expired letter of good standing?
  3. What should you include in your emergency plan?
Do you have the answers to these questions? If not, the answers are on the Health and Safety Club. I know it helps our readers, so I know it'll help you too! Join the conversation!
Best regards,
Miriro Matema
Product Manager – Health and Safety Training Manual
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