Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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24 Meaning of notifiable incident


In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, a notifiable incident means an unplanned or uncontrolled incident in relation to a workplace that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to that person’s health or safety arising from an immediate or imminent exposure to—


an escape, a spillage, or a leakage of a substance; or


an implosion, explosion, or fire; or


an escape of gas or steam; or


an escape of a pressurised substance; or


an electric shock; or


the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance, or thing; or


the collapse, overturning, failure, or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with regulations; or


the collapse or partial collapse of a structure; or


the collapse or failure of an excavation or any shoring supporting an excavation; or


the inrush of water, mud, or gas in workings in an underground excavation or tunnel; or


the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel; or


a collision between 2 vessels, a vessel capsize, or the inrush of water into a vessel; or


any other incident declared by regulations to be a notifiable incident for the purposes of this section.


Despite subsection (1), notifiable incident does not include an incident declared by regulations not be a notifiable incident for the purposes of this Act.

Compare: Model Work Health and Safety Act (Aust) s 37