Reporting an incident is an important part of an effective occupational health and safety program. It helps identify work related health and safety hazards, risks and dangers. The purpose is to identify the causes of incidents.
Appropriate controls can then be put in place to prevent further occurrences of such events. In other words an incident investigation is normally performed to find out what happened, why it happened, and to prevent it from happening again. The same innovative approach is demonstrated through the stipulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act. According to the Act, the employer or user of machinery should formally investigate all section 24 incidents as well as any other incident where more medical treatment than the normal first aid is required.