An accident reporting and investigation plan prescribes methods and practices for reporting and investigating accidents that can be read and understood by all managers, supervisors, and employees. No matter how conscientious the safety effort at a company, accidents are going to happen sometimes due to human or system error.
This written Accident Reporting and Investigation Plan is intended to demonstrate Principia's compliance with the requirements in 29 CFR 1904 by:
In addition it is the policy of PRINCIPIA College to comply with all workers' compensation laws and regulations.
The requirements of this plan apply to all operations and departments at 100 Maybeck Place Elsah, IL 62028
Our Workplace Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for implementing and maintaining this written Accident Reporting and Investigation Plan. He/She is solely responsible for all facets of the plan and has full authority to make necessary decisions to ensure the success of this plan. The Director of Safety, or designee, is also qualified, by appropriate training and experience, which is commensurate with the complexity of the plan, to administer or oversee our accident reporting and investigation program and conduct the required evaluations.
This written Accident Reporting and Investigation Plan is kept at our corporate office and in our written Safety and Health Program.
Accident Reporting Procedures
Employees injured on the job are to report the injury to their supervisor as soon as possible after the incident/accident. Near miss accidents or incidents (when an employee nearly has an accident but is able to avoid it) should be reported as well.
The supervisor must immediately notify the Director of Safety, or designee, when an incident/accident occurs. If the Director of Safety, or designee, is not available, another member of management should be notified instead.
Any employee witnessing an accident at work is to call for emergency help or whatever assistance appears to be necessary. In addition, the employee is immediately to report the accident to his or her supervisor and take part in answering questions related to the Accident Report and Accident Investigation.
Accident Investigation Procedures
Thorough investigation of all accidents will lead to identification of accident causes and will help:
For all accident investigations, the Director of Safety, or designee, will perform the following duties:
The accident investigation report is used to:
If a workplace accident results in injury or illness requiring hospitalization of three or more employees or a fatality of one or more employee, the Director of Safety, or designee, or corporate office reports the incident within eight hours by phone or in person to the nearest OSHA office by calling 1-800-321-OSHA (6742).
If an injured person is taken to a doctor, a statement from the doctor will be attached to the Accident Report form.
Employees with workplace injuries resulting in time off work will be put in the company's Return-to-Work Program to facilitate their full recovery and resumption of original work.
Weekly compensation for workplace injuries or illnesses requiring time off work, as indicated by law, applies after the third day of wage loss. (Sundays are not included in the three-day waiting period, unless the employee ordinarily works on Sunday.)
If the disability continues for more than seven calendar days, workers' compensation goes back to day one.
On the day of injury, the company will cover the time loss due to doctor and/or emergency room visits or inability to work, up to a maximum of 12 hours.
Any time an associate is away from work because of an accident on-the-job, it should be recorded on the time sheet.
The Director of Safety, or designee, is responsible for maintaining the following records and documentation:
This plan is an internal document guiding the action and behaviors of employees, so they need to know about it. To communicate the new accident reporting and investigation plan, all employees are given a thorough explanation as to why the new plan was prepared and how individuals may be affected by it.
The information and requirements of this written plan are presented to employees in annual training, on the job safety briefs, or at staff meetings.