Incident Report

Published: | Updated: March 2, 2019;

Definition - What does Incident Report mean?

An incident report is a formal recording of the facts related to an incident. The report usually relates to an accident or injury that has occurred on the worksite, but it can also pertain to any unusual worksite occurrences, especially near misses.

Incident reports should be completed as soon as possible following the incident or injury.

The report might only be used or circulated internally (within the company). If the incident is severe enough, however, it will likely need to be sent to insurers, regulatory bodies, or even the police.

Safeopedia explains Incident Report

Any incident that involves worker safety should be recorded, no matter how insignificant it may seem. An investigation of what happened should be undertaken as soon as possible after the incident occurs and after any injured persons have been taken care of. The report that is generated as a result should provide a full account of what took place.

In addition to a description of the incident, the report should include:

  • The location of the incident
  • A list of witnesses to the incident or injury
  • The severity of the injury
  • A description of the immediate measures taken in response to the incident
  • Any anomalies that might have contributed to the incident

Photo or video documentation of the event or its aftermath can also be included in an incident report.

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