Report a death, in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye

All Employers in Washington State are required to report to the WA State Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), any work-related incident that results in a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye of any employee, as follows:

How and what to report:

Call the WA State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) Division of Occupational Safety and Health at 1-800-423-7233 or visit an L&I office to report:

  • A workplace fatality or in-patient hospitalization of any employee within eight (8) hours of the incident.
  • An amputation or loss of an eye(s) of any employee within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.
    • If the amputation or loss of an eye(s) requires in-patient hospitalization or results in a fatality, follow the eight (8) hour reporting requirement above.
  • NOTE: Employers or their agents are responsible to ensure reports are made within the timeframes above immediately after you or your agent learns of the incident.

When reporting, you MUST provide:

  • Your contact name and phone number.
  • The name of the establishment/business.
  • The location/address of the work-related incident.
  • The date and time of the incident.
  • How many employees suffered a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, and their name(s).
  • A brief description of the work-related incident.

Additional steps you MUST follow:

  • Employers must not move any equipment (i.e., machinery, tools, or personal protective equipment) involved in a work-related incident that results in an employee fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye, until a representative of the Department of Labor & Industries investigates. 
  • You can move equipment, if necessary, to:
    • Remove any victims.
    • Prevent further incidents and injuries.

More information on fatalities and hospitalizations.

 

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