accident first responder

What To Do If You Witness An Accident And There Is Injury

First Person on the Scene

Any person who is the first to arrive at the scene of an injury or sudden illness MUST:

  • Assess the situation quickly – check for danger;
  • Identify the nature of the injury or illness as far as possible;
  • Arrange for assistance and/or emergency services to attend;
  • Stay with the casualty and assist the casualty to the best of their ability until able to hand-over to a First Aid Officer or health care professional; and Give further assistance if necessary or as directed.

Assess the situation quickly – check for danger

  • Check if there is any danger to yourself, the casualty or others before rendering any assistance;
  • If safe to do so, remove the danger OR remove the casualty from danger.
  • Identify the nature of the injury or illness as far as possible
  • Check if the casualty is conscious/unconscious;
  • Is the injury or sudden illness life threatening or time critical?
  • Does the casualty need urgent medical attention?

Arrange for assistance and/or emergency services to attend.

If the injury or sudden illness is life threatening or time critical, call ‘000’ immediately or get the nearest available person to do so – avoid leaving the casualty alone.

Stay with the casualty and assist the casualty as best you can until able to hand-over to a trained First Aid Officer or health care professional.

  • If trained in first aid or CPR, render assistance as per training;
  • If not trained in first aid keep the casualty safe and calm and monitor their condition. Request assistance from others at the scene as necessary;

When a trained First Aid Officer or health care professional arrives at the scene, give them as much
information about the incident and the casualty’s condition as you can (hand-over).

  • The name and contact number of the injured or ill person;
  • Details about the nature of the injury;
  • Details of the time and date of the incident; and
  • Details of treatment given (if any).

Give further assistance if necessary or as directed

  • If requested by a trained First Aid Officer or health care professional to give additional assistance, follow instructions as required. A health care professional will direct the First Person on the Scene when to leave the scene.

Notification and Reporting Injuries and Illnesses

If the first person on the scene uses any first aid equipment this should also be recorded.

If the first person on the scene or any other person responding to an incident is a witness to the accident or responds immediately after it has occurred, he/she should complete the Witness to Accident/Injury Report form.

This report must be given to their relevant supervisor, lecturer, University Security or the Health Safety and Environment unit as soon as practicable.

Staff and Student Responsibilities

Any University staff member or student who is the first person on the scene or a witness to an accident or incident shortly after it has occurred must submit either:

  • Accident, Incident and Injury Report (the casualty); and/or
  • Witness to Accident/Injury Report;