Injury & Incident Reporting

All accidents, injuries, or near-misses must be reported to your supervisor before your work shift ends on the day you are injured.

Medical Emergencies

When immediate first aid is needed because of injury or illness, call Public Safety at 911. Officers are trained in first aid and CPR. Public Safety will arrange for transport to the Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center for persons with severe injuries or illnesses. Persons with less serious conditions should obtain treatment by Occupational Health at University Health Services.

Occupational Health Services - Medical Evaluation and Treatment

Employees must report to Occupational Health Services at McCosh Health Center for evaluation, treatment, consultation, and/or referral to an approved physician for all work-related injuries.

  • Contact Public Safety at 911 when emergency medical attention is necessary.
  • Contact Occupational Health at 609-258-5035 and make an appointment for individuals with less serious work-related injuries and illnesses, or for post-emergency care.
  • If an individual calls from home to report a work-related injury or illness, their supervisor must instruct them to contact Occupational Health.
  • Time out of the workplace for a work-related injury or illness must be authorized by Occupational Health.
  • Occupational Health also provides the required return-to-work clearance for individuals who have been away from work for more than 8 days due to any injury or illness.

Department of Risk Management – Workers’ Compensation Program

  • The self-insured Workers Compensation program, administered by the Office of Risk Management and complying with the New Jersey Workers Compensation Law, covers all medical costs for work-related injuries and illnesses that are defined as "reasonable and necessary" by Occupational Health Services.
  • Individuals must receive medical care from physicians pre-approved by Occupational Health. Failure to follow these procedures may result in denial of payment for medical services.

Accident/Incident Investigation

Accidents occur when hazards escape detection during preventive measures, such as a job or process safety analysis; when hazards are not obvious; or as the result of combinations of circumstances that were difficult to foresee. A thorough accident investigation may identify previously overlooked physical, environmental, administrative, or process hazards, the need for new or more extensive safety training, or unsafe work practices.

The goal of any accident investigation should be the determination of the causal factors surrounding the incident and recommendation of corrective actions to prevent similar occurrences. Investigators should avoid any emphasis on attempting to identify someone to blame for the accident, as this threatens the credibility and effectiveness of the accident investigation process. However, this does not mean that relevant oversights, unsafe acts, or acts of omissions on the part of employees, supervisors, or others should be ignored.

While EHS has primary responsibility for investigation of most accidents or incidents occurring on campus, supervisors and managers are frequently aware of these incidents before EHS is notified and may be in the best position to gather early facts before the accident scene can be altered.


Kelly States
Director of Campus Safety and Health

James McQuaid
Assistant Director, Occupational Safety

Sean Farrell
Senior Safety Specialist