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Work-related accidents: what and when to report

Work-related accidents, workplace accidents, Dangerous Occurrences and Occupational Diseases must be reported to MOM. The reporting requirements differ depending on the type of accident.

At a glance

Who should report Employer, workplace occupier or doctor, depending on the type of accident.
When to report Within 10 days of an accident or diagnosis.
Relevant legislation
Failure to report an accident is an offence carrying a fine of up to $5,000 for a first-time offence, and a fine of up to $10,000 or jail of up to 6 months for subsequent offences.
What to report When to report Who should report

Employee was injured in a work accident or contracted a disease due to work exposure to biological or chemical agent, resulting in one of the following:

  • Hospitalisation for at least 24 hours.
  • MC for more than 3 days (whether consecutive or not).

Submit an incident report within one of the following:

  • Within 10 days of the accident.
  • Within 10 days from the 4th day of medical leave.

If the employee subsequently dies from the injury or disease, you must notify the Commissioner immediately.

Employer
An employee dies during work or at a workplace as a result of work. Notify the Commissioner as soon as reasonably practicable and submit an incident report within 10 days. Employer
Self-employed person or member of public dies at a workplace as a result of works done. Notify the Commissioner as soon as reasonably practicable and submit an incident report within 10 days. Workplace occupier
Self-employed person or member of public is injured as a result of works done at a workplace and is sent to hospital for treatment. Notify the Commissioner as soon as reasonably practicable. Workplace occupier

Scenarios that need to be reported include the following:

Scenario Who should report
A construction worker slips and falls, fracturing his leg. He is initially given 2 days of medical leave, but is subsequently given 2 weeks of medical leave. Employer
An employee meets with a traffic accident:
  • While traveling during work or for work (e.g. to a meeting), regardless of the mode of transport.
  • While taking company transport to and fro between home and workplace.
Employer
An employee, a Singapore resident employed by a Singapore employer, suffers a work injury during an overseas assignment. Employer
A seaman suffers a work injury while on board a Singapore-registered vessel, regardless of the location of the vessel. Employer
A teacher is conducting a lab experiment, a test-tube shatters and a student is cut and is sent to hospital. School to notify Commissioner
(in its capacity as the occupier)
A teacher is conducting a lab experiment, a test-tube shatters and the teacher is cut and is given 4 days outpatient medical leave. School (in its capacity as the employer)
There was a fire explosion in a construction worksite and 2 workers were injured.
  • Employer of the injured workers
  • Occupier to notify Commissioner

Occupational Disease

What to report When to report Who should report
Submit an incident report within 10 days of receiving the diagnosis. Employer
Employee contracts an Occupational Disease under WSHA. Submit an incident report within 10 days of diagnosing the Occupational Disease. Doctor

Doctors can refer injured workers to these occupational health clinics for further investigation if they are unsure if a disease or injury is work related:

Suspected medical condition Occupational health clinic Phone Frequency
Any work-related illness Occupational Health Clinic
Hougang Polyclinic
6496 6600 1st and 3rd Monday morning
Any work-related illness Occupational Health Clinic
Geylang Polyclinic
6842 2440 3rd Wednesday morning
Occupational skin disease Occupational Dermatoses Clinic
National Skin Centre
6350 6666 3rd Friday afternoon
Occupational lung disease Occupational Lung Disease Clinic
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
6357 7000 4th Friday afternoon
Occupational lung disease Occupational Lung Disease Clinic
Singapore General Hospital
6321 4402 4th Wednesday afternoon
Occupational chemical exposure or poisoning Joint Environmental Occupational Toxicology Clinic (JEOTC)
Changi General Hospital
6850 3333 2nd Friday afternoon

Dangerous Occurrence

What to report When to report Who should report
Any event in the list of Dangerous Occurrences. Notify the Commissioner as soon as reasonably practicable and submit an incident report within 10 days of the occurrence. Workplace occupier

Scenarios that need to be reported include:

Scenario Who should report
A mobile crane topples at a work site. Occupier (regardless whether anyone is injured).
Employer (to report as a work-related accident if an employee is injured).

Unsafe acts or work conditions

This is any act or work condition that appears unsafe and may cause damage to life or property.

You should report such incidents if you see them. Download the Snap@MOM mobile application to send photos of the unsafe act or condition to MOM.

Accidents that are not reportable

Examples of accidents that don’t need to be reported include the following:

  • A kitchen worker cuts his finger while chopping meat and is given 2 days of medical leave.
  • An employee meets with a traffic accident:
    • While traveling in his own car, a friend's car or public transport between home and workplace.
    • While running personal errands during or after work in his own transport (including bicycle), his friend’s transport or public transport.
    • While driving own or company transport for work, the employee is not injured but a member of public is injured and hospitalised.
  • A patient dies as a result of inappropriate medical treatment.
  • A member of the public or self-employed person faints at a shopping centre, not as a result of any works within the premises, and was taken to a hospital as a precaution.
  • A student has a fall within the school compound but not as a result of any works within the premises.