Accident Prevention and Reporting-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Accident Prevention and Reporting

Nobody wants to be injured. Those of us who work in EH&S consider accident prevention the most important part of our job, but we can’t do it alone. We need the help of everyone on campus. Call us to report any unsafe condition or situation. We will investigate and determine what can be done to correct the problem.

The safety program at Carnegie Mellon belongs to everyone. EH&S is responsible for implementing safety, but in reality everyone has to take some personal responsibility.

Some ways you can do your part in making Carnegie Mellon a safer place to work are:

  • Don’t take shortcuts
  • Wear personal protective equipment
  • Avoid horseplay
  • Follow the rules
  • Keep all tools in good repair, use the proper tool for the job, and use it safely
  • Maintain good housekeeping
  • If working with chemicals, read and understand Material Safety Data Sheets, and follow the recommendations

Obviously, this is not an all-inclusive list, but it gives you some ideas on how to prevent injuries in your work area. If you have any questions regarding how you can work more safely, call EH&S at 8-8182.

Accident Reporting

Despite all the precautions that we take, it is possible that you may be injured at some time while working at Carnegie Mellon. If that should happen you are urged to report it, no matter how slight the injury may seem. 

We ask you to report it for two reasons. First, even minor injuries are warnings that something happened that wasn’t planned. Unless we know about injuries, or even those incidents that don’t result in injuries (referred to as “near miss” accidents), we can’t correct the problem that led to the incident. Left uncorrected, it can easily happen again, and it may be more serious the next time. Help us, and everyone around you, by reporting every incident that causes, or has the potential to cause, an injury. EH&S will investigate and determine what can be done to prevent a recurrence.

The second reason that injuries should be reported is to get them on record for Workers’ Compensation purposes. Your injury may not require treatment now, but there is no guarantee that it won’t require treatment at a later date. Injuries often seem insignificant when they occur but eventually become more serious. By having your incident on record you won’t be asked to prove that it happened on the job. Without reporting it at the time it happens, you may have difficulty proving that it was job-related at some later date. Don’t take the chance.

Reporting an injury couldn’t be simpler. All you have to do is tell your supervisor about it and ask him/her to submit a Supervisor’s Injury/Illness Report.

That’s all you have to do. A copy of the report will get to EH&S, so you won’t even have to call us unless you want to. You may be contacted if we need additional information to complete our investigation, but you won’t be asked to do anything else. What could be easier?

Feel free to contact us at 8-8182 to determine the status of any investigation or recommended action.

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