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It is primarily employers, who have a statutory duty to report workplace accidents, who notify WorkSafeBC of workplace incidents. Others, including workers, family members, and the public, may also inform WorkSafeBC of workplace incidents.
You must immediately report the following types of incidents to WorkSafeBC's emergency and accident reporting phone line whether there is an injury or not:
Section 172 of the Workers Compensation Act sets out the types of incidents that must be reported to WorkSafeBC. Failure to report these incidents may result in an order (and possibly an administrative penalty) being issued against the employer, or a prosecution. See FAQs on penalties for more information about administrative penalties and prosecution.
Unless directed by a WorkSafeBC officer or a peace officer, a person must not disturb the scene of a reportable accident except to:
These summaries are based on incidents reported immediately to WorkSafeBC. In fact, employers were not required to report some of the incidents immediately under section 172 of the Workers Compensation Act, usually because the injury was minor, but a notice of incident (NI) is generated for each reported incident. Note that NI reports represent only a fraction of the injuries reported through claims.