§ 31 Reporting accidents involving death or injury
In the event of accidents in the enterprise, the employer or the party representing the employer onsite, shall submit written notification to the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway on the specified NAV (The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service) form for accidents that have resulted in
- serious personal injury,
- disability resulting in absence,
- medical treatment.
For persons under elevated atmospheric ambient pressure, written notification shall also be submitted for personal injuries requiring first aid.
The principal undertaking and the operator shall receive a copy of the notification the individual employer has submitted to the authorities.
Section last changed: 01 January 2013
The accident shall be reported even if notification has been given or a report made pursuant to Section 29, first subsection.
The NAV form states that if the accident takes place offshore, the report shall also be sent to NAV management Sauda, on the Labour and Welfare Administration form NAV 13-06.05.
If the accident takes place at a land facility, the report shall also be sent to the local national insurance office on form NAV 13-07.05.
Serious personal injury as mentioned in the first subsection, litera b, means
- head injuries involving concussion, loss of consciousness or other serious consequences,
- loss of consciousness due to other causes,
- skeletal injuries and tendon injuries, with the exception of rupture or fracture of fingers or toes where the adjoining bones are not out of position (not dislocated fracture),
- injury to internal organs,
- full or partial amputation of body parts, with the exception of nails, or the tips of fingers or toes without simultaneous loss of bone substance,
- poisoning or chemical exposure with danger of permanent health injury,
- burns, frostbite or corrosive injury involving the full dermis (third degree) or partial dermal injuries (second degree) of the face, hands, feet or in the abdomen, as well as all partial dermal injuries affecting more than five per cent of the body,
- general hypothermia (second degree or higher)
- permanent damage or delayed consequences of injury leading to defined medical disability, cf. the Directorate of Labour and Welfare’s disability tables,
- eye injuries leading to full or partial loss of sight,
- ear injuries leading to full or partial loss of hearing,
- injury with extensive loss of muscle mass or skin.
Accidents that have led to work disability and absence pursuant to the first subsection, litera c, means accidents with the result that the injured person is unable to return to work, or cannot perform his/her normal work tasks in the following or subsequent shifts. This also includes cases where the injury occurs on the last day of a work period. Medical treatment accidents as mentioned in the first subsection, litera c, means personal injury requiring treatment or examination by a doctor, or where treatment is provided under the guidance of a doctor, for example minor surgery, stitches or use of prescription medicines. Diagnostic examination by a doctor where no injury can be ascertained shall not be classified as medical treatment. Simple dressing of wounds, eye flushing, etc. are not considered medical treatment, even if administered by a doctor.
First aid injuries mean personal injuries that do not lead to absence or require medical treatment.
The requirement for copies of the report is intended to contribute to coordinating the enterprises’ safety and environment work: