Note: all incidents need to be reported to the Duty officer and SLSNSW advised
What incidents do you need to tell WorkCover about?
A notifiable incident is a serious incident or injury that arises out of the actions of surf lifesaving during the course of a surf lifesaving or surf sports activity.
- The death of a person
- The serious injury or illness of a person
- A dangerous incident
- A swimmer in the surf is injured after being struck by an IRB which is being used to rescue a member of the public
- A competitor in a surf sports carnival suffers a suspected serious spinal injury in an IRB or board race
- A volunteer falls down the stairs of a surf club and suffers a serious suspected head injury
The WHS Act states that a serious injury or illness of a person means an injury or illness requiring the person to have:
- Medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance
- Immediate treatment as an in‐patient in a hospital
- Immediate treatment for a serious injury or illness such as a serious head injury, serious burn or a serious spinal injury
The most effective way to determine whether an incident is notifiable is by using the Incident Decision Notification Flowchart below.