We need to investigate the events that caused the death, or have the potential to cause death when an aircraft is in operation.
If someone dies as a result of work, while an aircraft was in operation, you MUST notify us immediately. Phone 0508 4 SAFETY (0508 472 338) 24/7.
In case of emergency, phone 111.
You only need to notify us if the death was related to the work of the business. This could be as a result of:
1. Preserve the site
The person who manages or controls the workplace must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the site where the notifiable event occurred is preserved and not disturbed until a CAA HSU Inspector authorises you to do so.
The site may only be disturbed if:
To ensure the site is not disturbed:
2. Notify CAA's HSU
If someone dies as a result of work, then:
If there are multiple businesses involved with the work, then one of the businesses should be nominated to notify CAA's HSU.
Note that all businesses involved with the work are responsible for making sure that the notification is made by the nominated business.
3. Keep records
You must keep records of all notifiable events for at least five years from the date of the event.
You must notify us using the fastest means available to you.
1. Phone 0508 4 SAFETY, OR
2. Download and complete the printable PDF form - Notification of a death or notifiable injury or notifiable illness [PDF 343 KB]
Provide us with as much detail as possible about what has happened. You will receive an acknowledgement that the notification has been received.
Once we have received your notification, it will be reviewed by our response team. They will contact you about the next steps. There are a number of options available, including conducting an investigation or inviting the duty-holder to participate in an assisted review of your health and safety system.
If no action is required, we will confirm this with you.
While there is no requirement under HSWA for you to conduct your own investigation of a notifiable event, investigations can form part of good practice to identify and manage work risk.
After a notifiable event occurs, you should consider: