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Reporting Fatalities and Hospitalizations

How do I report a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye(s)

You can call 1-800-423-7233 or visit an L&I office to report:

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  • A workplace fatality or in-patient hospitalization of any employee within eight (8) hours of the incident.
  • A non-hospitalized amputation or loss of an eye(s) of any employee within twenty-four (24) hours of the incident.

    NOTE:
    • This applies to all employers with workers working in Washington no matter what industry they work in and regardless of worker’s compensation coverage.
    • Employers or their agents are responsible to ensure reports are made within the time frames above immediately after you or your agent learns of the incident.
When reporting a fatality, in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye(s) 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 (for example, 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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For general information, call 1-800-423-7233.

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