Critical Injury Reporting
A Critical Injury must be reported immediately to EOHSS at extension 24352 or the FHS Safety Office at extension 24956.
Critical Injury Defined — Regulation 834 defines an injury of a serious nature that,
- Places life in jeopardy;
- Produces unconsciousness;
- Results in substantial loss of blood;
- Involves the fracture of a leg or arm but not a finger or a toe;
- Involves the amputation of a leg, arm, hand or foot but not a finger or a toe;
- Consists of burns to a major portion of the body;
- Causes the loss of sight in an eye.
Supervisors are required to know this definition and ensure a report is made. This report is vital to allow an investigation into the circumstances of the injury to begin right away.
There are short timelines for reporting a Critical Injury to the Ministry of Labour or the University will incur penalties for being late with a report.
In the event one of the following occurs;
- If a staff or student has an injury and seeks first aid, seeks medical attention or loses time from work,
- If you see a contravention of the Act,
- If you see a hazardous situation,
- Or you experience an exposure,
you should report the event using the McMaster Injury/Incident Report form.
You can also visit our office at HSC 1J11A, e-mail FHSSO or phone at extension 24956.
It is important that if you did not seek healthcare as a result of the injury/incident/hazardous situation, but subsequently do, that you notify Employee Health Services, ext. 23564, immediately so that an evaluation for an insurance claim can be initiatied. This is a time sensitive process. We will follow-up with the supervisor to ensure the incident report is complete, has been investigated and any required notifications have been made by the supervisor.