As Barbados prepares to join the rest of the world in celebrating “World Day for Safety and Health” on April 28, a reminder is going out to all employers that they must report all accidents that occur in the workplace. This would allow the Labour Department to create better conditions in the workplace by implementing measures to prevent the occurrence of similar accidents and therefore, improve safety and health at work.

Under Section 3 (1) of the Accidents and Occupational Diseases (Notification) Act (Cap 338) “where any accident arising out of and in the course of the employment of any worker occurs” and causes loss of life, or incapacitates the worker from carrying out his or her job for more than three days, then it must be reported to the authorities immediately.

In the event of a major incident, employers should inform the Occupational Safety and Health Section at telephone numbers 310-1523/24, as soon as possible after the event.

The written report of the accident should be accompanied by the relevant particulars and sent by the employer to the Chief Labour Officer, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael. Employers may collect the appropriate notification forms from that office.

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