Health and Safety Incident
- Any event that results in injury, illness, disease, damage or loss whereby the workplace, workplace activity or plant was a significant contributing factor.
- All notifiable incidents
- All near miss/potential events.
Treatment required without delay after an incident e.g:
- an operation
- the administration of a drug or other like substance or
- any other medical procedure.
Treatment does not include procedures carried out for diagnostic purposes only.
Voltage greater than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC.
An occurrence that might have led to an injury or illness. Action to control the associated hazard may prevent a future injury/illness.
- the death of a person, or
- a serious injury or illness of a person, or
- a dangerous incident.
Serious Injury or Illness
An injury or illness requiring the person to have:
- immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital (i.e. admitted into hospital), or
- immediate treatment for care in addition to first aid for:
- the amputation of any part of his or her body, or
- a serious head injury – e.g. scalping, a penetrating injury to the skull, a fractured skill, loss of consciousness caused by a severe blow to the head, or
- a serious eye injury – e.g. the loss of sight of an eye, a penetrating injury to the eye,
- a serious burn (e.g. requires medical treatment), or
- the separation of skin from an underlying tissue – e.g. degloving or scalping, or
- a spinal injury – e.g. a fracture of the spine with or without any limb weakness or paralysis. (Muscular injuries are not considered spinal injuries), or
- the loss of a bodily function – e.g. a loss of consciousness, loss of movement of limb, loss of a sense (hearing/sight), loss of function of an internal organ, or
- serious lacerations – e.g. one or more deep and or extensive cuts, tears or wounds to the flesh or tissue.
- medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance, or any other injury or illness prescribed under a regulation e.g. any infection to which the carrying out of work is a significant contributing factor, including any infection that is reliably attributable to carrying out work:
- with micro-organisms
- that involves providing treatment to a person
- that involves contact with human blood or body substance, or
- involves handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products, or
- or occupational zoonoses contracted in the course of work involving handling or contact with animals, animal hides, skins, wool or hair, animal carcasses or animal waste products:
- Q fever
- Hendra Virus
- Avian Influenza
- Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld).
S37 – Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
an incident in that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a person’s health or safety emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to:
- an uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance, or
- an uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire, or
- an uncontrolled escape of gas or steam, or
- an uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance, or
- electric shock, or
- the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing, or
- the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use under a regulation, or
- the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, or
- the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation, or
- the inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel, or
- the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel, or
- any other event prescribed under a regulation, but does not include an incident of a prescribed kind.
- A person who carries out work for the organisation including but not limited to:
- an employee
- a contactor or subcontractor
- an apprentice e or trainee
- a student gaining work experience
- a volunteer.
Serious electrical incident
Section 11 of the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (Qld)
an incident involving electrical equipment if, in the incident:
- a person is killed by electricity, or
- a person receives a shock or injury from electricity, and is treated for the shock or injury by or under the supervision of a doctor, or
- a person receives a shock or injury from electricity at high voltage, whether or not the person is treated for the shock or injury by or under the supervision of a doctor.
Dangerous electrical event
(a) the coming into existence of circumstances in which a person is not electrically safe, if:
(i) the circumstances involve high voltage electrical equipment, and
(ii) despite the coming into existence of the circumstances, the person does not receive a shock or injury,
(b) the coming into existence of both of the following circumstances—
(i) if a person had been at a particular place at a particular time, the person would not have been electrically safe,
(ii) the person would not have been electrically safe because of circumstances involving high voltage electrical equipment,
(c) an event that involves electrical equipment and in which significant property damage is caused directly by electricity or originates from electricity,
(d) the performance of electrical work by a person not authorised under an electrical work licence to perform the work,
(e) the performance of electrical work by a person if, as a result of the performance of the work, a person or property is not electrically safe,
Examples for paragraph (e):
- the connection of electrical equipment to a source of supply involving incorrect polarity or other incorrect connection
- the performance of electrical work as a result of which an exposed wire is left in circumstances in which it can be energised by the operation of a switch or circuit breaker or the insertion of a fuse
(f) the discovery by a licensed electrical worker of electrical equipment that has not been marked as required under this Act.
Formal written request
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), Department of Justice and Attorney General, may formally (i.e. in writing) request documents or staff interviews in the course of investigating an incident. This written request may be addressed to the departmental workplace, school, Officer in Charge, or to higher levels of management within the department, and will reference section 171 (Power to require production of documents and answers to questions) under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. If you receive a formal written request such as this, immediately refer it to Legal and Administrative Law Branch (LALB) by fax 07-3237 0634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You are not required to involve LALB when an Inspector makes a verbal request for documents or makes verbal arrangements to interview staff. For any queries regarding this process, contact LALB on phone (07) 3234 1660.