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Whose duty is it to report employee injuries in a building?

by , 10 May 2013
Last week, one of my colleagues slipped and fell down the stairs as she was leaving the office. She hurt her ankle badly and is now hopping about on crutches. With this type of incident comes the question, whose duty is it to ensure the safety of employees working in a building? And who should report it? Keep reading to find out what happened.


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Whose duty is it to report employee injuries in a building?
 
Anel was leaving the office but was still in the office block when she slipped on the tiled stairs leading to the car-park. This isn't the first time it's happened in our building. Another workmate, Leah, was limping for two weeks because she lost her footing on the stairs and got hurt. She didn't think it was a big deal to report and so she didn't say anything to management.
 
Is the company responsible for an employee injury that happened in the office block but not in the company's office or is it the centre manager's duty?
 
In this case it's the centre manager's duty to report all incidents that happen on the premises. If Anel had been injured within our office space, the company would've had to report it.
 
No accident is too big or too small to be reported. If you're subscribed to the Health and Safety Training Manual turn to page I01/013 to find out how to report an incident in the workplace. If you're not subscribed, click here now.


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