Workplace investigations

When there is an employee incident or accident on campus, this is what you need to do:

Report the incident or accident

All incidents and accidents must be reported to the employee's direct supervisor as soon as possible — and no later than 24 hours after the occurrence.

WorkSafeBC investigation

WorkSafeBC will investigate certain workplace incidents, such as when:

  • a worker is seriously injured or killed at work
  • a building collapses
  • hazardous substances are released

RRU investigation

If WorkSafeBC is contacted, the university will complete a preliminary investigation within 48 hours.

The RRU safety officer will complete investigations with the employee's supervisor and a worker/union representative of the Joint Occupational Health, Safety Committee.

Why the investigations?

The purpose of investigations into incidents and accidents is to determine causes, then develop strategies and take remedial actions to prevent additional accidents. An accident investigation aims to answer the following questions:

  • Who was involved in the accident — affected party and witnesses?
  • What damage or injuries occurred?
  • Where and when did the accident occur?
  • Why did the incident/accident happen?
  • What were the contributing factors?

Investigating incidents and accidents helps us to keep our Royal Roads community safe.