If you or someone on a work site requires urgent medical care, you must attend to that first.
You must let your employer know as soon as possible if you have been injured at work, or if you have a work-related illness and supply:
- The time and date that the injury occurred
- For an illness, when the symptoms began
- A full description of how the injury occurred
- A full description of the injury or illness
If you wish to notify your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurer, you may do so. If you need more help, you can phone the Workers’ Compensation Independent Review Office (WIRO) on 13 94 76.
If an injury to an employee is thought to be dangerous or serious, or if a worker has died as a result, you must immediately report it to Safework NSW(2) on 13 10 50. An urgent investigation could be necessary, and it’s possible that preservation of the site will be needed until the inspector has completed an investigation. If an employer fails to notify an incident, severe penalties apply. Employers must record all work-related injuries and illnesses in their register of injuries, whether a claim is made or not.
Claims for Workers’ Compensation may be made up to six months after the date of the injury or death, and this may be extended to:
- Three years after the accident in some cases where, for instance, the injured person is in another State or Territory or an honest mistake has been made.
- If there is a reasonable excuse for a delay, claims for a very serious injury causing impairment or death may be made after three years.
- If SIRA approves, a time limit of three years may be lifted.
Contact the insurer for further advice or call WIRO on 13 94 76 for more information. Or call PK Simpson for expert legal advice.