An accident is an unplanned event (or sequence of events) that causes injury, illness, or property damage. A “near miss” is an unplanned event or sequence of events that have the potential to cause injury, illness, or property damage. A near miss is equally important to investigate because it indicates that something went wrong. It may only be sheer luck that someone wasn’t injured – this time.
The supervisor and/or SEM will investigate the who, what, when, where, and how. The focus of any accident investigation is fact-finding, not faultfinding. The goal of an accident investigation is to find the cause(s) so that the supervisor can determine why it happened to help develop solutions to prevent recurrence.
Accident Reporting Procedures and Forms
The supervisor must promptly report all workplace injuries/illnesses.
- Emergency Medical Attention
- Call 911 for an ambulance to be taken to the Emergency Room at Eastern Maine Medical Center or St. Joseph Hospital
- Non-Emergency Medical Attention
- Cutler Health Center can be called at 581.4000 to set up a medical appointment. Generally your supervisor should make this call. An immediate appointment will generally be made available for those injuries requiring immediate medical attention. When Cutler Health Center is not open and you have a workplace injury/illness requiring immediate attention such as a cut finger requiring stitches, you should go to the Emergency Department at Eastern Maine Medical Center. For a minor injury that does not need immediate attention, please call Cutler Health Center at 581.4000 to get an appointment at an appropriate time.
- Overnight Admission to a Hospital or Fatality
- Immediately contact UMaine Police at 581.4040 to initiate further response.
Workplace injuries/illnesses sustained by employees
All work related injuries/illnesses (whether they result in medical attention or not) are reported to Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc (CCMSI), the administrator of the UMaine’s workers’ compensation/employee injuries and illnesses claims.
- Supervisors with a CCMSI login/ID and password:
- Report workplace injuries/illnesses using the CCMSI on-line injury/illness reporting system. For information regarding the CCMSI on-line injury/illness reporting system, or to receive training and login/ID, please contact UMaine Human Resources (Employee Health and Benefits Office) at 581.2360.
- Supervisors that do not have a CCMSI login/ID and password:
- Report the injury/illness by completing the Workplace Supervisor’s Injury/Illness Incident Report Form (DOCX – 29KB) and faxing it to Human Resources Employee Benefits office at 581.2373.
Injuries and property damage sustained by visitors, students, or the general public
Please complete the Incident Report Form to report injuries or property damages sustained by visitors, students, or the general public alleged to have been caused by the University or occurring on University property or during a University activity or event. Do not use this form for auto accidents or employee injuries.
When you have completed the form, please fax the form to the UMaine Campus Risk Management Administrator at 581.2673.