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Accident Reporting

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 report all workplace injuries/illnesses within 24 hours of being notified

The supervisor must promptly report all workplace injuries/illnesses.

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.

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.


Contact Information

Safety and Environmental Management
5784 York Complex Building #7
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 207.581.4055 | Fax: 207.581.4085E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System