23. Accidents and Near-Miss Cases

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23. ACCIDENTS AND NEAR-MISS CASES 23. Accidents and Near-Miss Cases In Finland, accidents at work and occupational diseases are compensated through the statutory accident insurance system based on the Employment Accident Act. An employer is obliged to take out statutory workers’ compensation insurance. It is important to report all near-miss cases and dangerous situations, so that one could learn from them and avoid accidents. There are near-miss cases and shortcomings in safety procedures before an accident occurs. The information gained through the reports can be useful when planning the job and working environment. Report all dangerous situations and near-miss cases to your supervisor. He / she is responsible for further actions. At the shared workplace the supplier must report the case to the client’s contact person. The supervisor and the client’s contact person report dangerous situations forward in accordance to company’s instructions. The number of dangerous situations can be reduced through corrective actions based on reporting and this will also reduce the number of serious accidents. If there has been an accident, immediately report it to your supervisor. He will assist you with getting medical treatment, fill in the accident report and inform the safety manager of the shared workplace about the accident. The supervisor will start an investigation and initiate corrective action in order to prevent similar accidents in the future. The occupational safety manager should report serious accidents to the occupational safety authorities and the police. 107


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