Accident report forms - otherwise referred to as incident report forms - are used by staff at potentially accident-prone or hazardous job sites to document any accidents involving personal injuries. These reports compile details about the accident that will then aid authorized personnel in their investigation of the event. An accident report is helpful when the worker is looking to file a claim on the account of the accident against their employer with a healthcare provider to receive compensation and coverage.
There are two types of accident report templates. The first is a report intended to be filled out after an accident has already happened. The second one is a more detailed form filled out by a supervisor following up on the incident reported with the first form. It’s the responsibility of every company’s human resources department to have both forms ready to go in the event of an accident. The details provided by the employee and the supervisor help the company collect a standardized set of facts about each accident. These facts should be analyzed on a regular basis to help identify safety hazards in the workplace in order to prevent future occurrences and create programs aimed at avoiding work-related injuries and developing safer work practices.