Critical Injury Investigation and Program
The occupational health and safety act establish and used at workplace where a person get critically injured. This policy summaries requirements and give responsibility to confirm that they are dealt with in the prescribed way. Critical injury can define as the injury which produces unconsciousness, results in substantial loss of blood, can consists of burn to major portion of the body etc. we can also say this long-time injury. In this case at workplace, supervisors need to do as follow:
They need to preserve that place where accident happen, should keep the truth of scene and not allowing anyone to change or remove evidence, people over there can save life, can arrange transportation to hospitalise patient, however, they cannot destroy or carry away any wreckage, thing, article or debris of the scene until they are not allow to do so by a Ministry of labour inspector.
They need to take immediate action and should notify the Ministry of Labour, Joint health and safety committee member or worker or health and safety representatives and the union.
Confirm the following parties have a copy of the critical injury/fatality examination report:
the workplace of the injured worker
Ministry of labour
the joint health and safety committee (JHSC) or worker health and safety representative
Human Resources – Occupational Health and Safety
the union representative(s)
Forward a written report of the incidence to the Ministry of Labour within 48 hours as per Section 51 (1) of the Act . Include the following information in the critical injury/fatality report as per Reg. 851 section 5 (1) and Reg. 213/91 section 8:
the name and address of the employer or constructor,
the nature and the circumstances of the occurrence and the bodily injury sustained,
a description of the machinery or equipment involved,
the time and place of the occurrence,
the name and address of the person who was killed or critically injured,
the names and addresses of all witnesses to the occurrence,
the name and address of the doctor or surgeon, if any, by whom the person was or is being attended for the treatment, and
steps taken to prevent a reappearance and recommendations for remedial action or another work procedure.
Joint health and safety committee representatives
This committee also known as joint work site health and safety committee or occupational health and safety committee. This is a medium for taking inner responsibility system into practice. The committee made up of labour and management representatives who deal with health and safety issues. The advantage of this committee is that we can get detailed practical knowledge of specific tasks carried together with large summary of company policies and procedures. This committee member has duty to examine cases where a worker is killed or critically injured and also has one more duty to forward a written report of this investigation to JHSC for review.
If it works in investigation that how injury occur, then definitely it helps in resolution of workplace hazards too. As if cause is known then its treatment or solution finding can be easy.
As it has duty to consult with professionals and technical experts, so it would prove beneficial in dealing with injury and professional can give them recommendation of how to do workplace investigations without any alteration.
It can provide free health services and treatment to employees suffered from injury with which employees can have benefit.
Due to this committee employees can have paid holidays till injury is not heal.