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Injury Reporting


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Situation Description

Every injury, including those which do not result in serious injury or property damage, should be reported. Proper reporting is the first step in the process of proper injury investigations and documentation. The information gathered by this process will be analyzed to:

  • Identify the principal causes (materials, machines, tools, methods);
  • Assess the degree of damage and the value of losses;
  • Reveal the size of the accident problem relative to various departments and among various trade/personnel categories;
  • Indicate the possible need for engineering revision by identifying unsafe equipment and materials;
  • Disclose inefficiencies in operating processes and procedures;
  • Reveal unsafe practices, which call for employee training;
  • Reveal improper placement of personnel;
  • Provide supervisors with essential and timely information about accidents; and
  • Permit an objective evaluation of the progress of a particular safety program adopted by DGS and DCPS.
  • Prompt reporting will ensure appropriate injury investigation and recommended action that must be taken to correct deficiencies or provide necessary training.

Accident investigations will be fact finding rather than fault finding. Fairness and impartiality are essential.

See downloadable and printable versions of the Injury Report Form (Word and PDF) to file and keep on record.

Submit copy of the Report within 24 hours via the web-based application at http://esa.dc.gov