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Accident, Incident & Near Miss Reporting 

All accidents, near misses and incidents involving employees, students, contractors and visitors must be notified to the Health and Safety office on the day of the occurrence or as soon as is practicable thereafter using an official accident report form. The details of the accident, the person involved, what work was going on, etc are all filled in giving as much explanation as possible as to the cause of the accident. 

All employees are required to report accidents, dangerous occurrences and ‘near-miss situations’ that they are involved in to their immediate supervisor or Head of Department. 

Accident – an accident can be described as an unplanned event or action that results in undesired consequences, e.g. injury, ill health, damage to the environment, damage to or loss of property, plant and materials 

Incident – an incident is the sequence of events or actions that produces that accident. All accidents are incidents. However the definition of an incident is wider in that it also includes dangerous occurrences and near misses. 

A near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage - but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage. 

Accident forms are available from:

  • Reception Areas
  • The Health and Safety Officer

Copies of the Accident Report Form and Witness Report Form are also available by clicking on the links below:

Accident Report Form

Witness Report Form


Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick, Tel:+35361 204300  V94VN26

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