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Construction Incident Reports


Last Updated Jan 11, 2024

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Responding to an incident on the worksite can seem daunting. However, properly documenting accidents with a construction incident report — even in a stressful environment — is critical. Doing so can keep projects on track, mitigate risk and demonstrate your company’s commitment to keeping your workers healthy and safe. Over the years, there has been a rise in the awareness and tracking of incident rates as a powerful metric to benchmark a company’s safety performance. In fact, poor rates can lead to more surprise inspections and higher insurance premiums. It pays to be safe.

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Types of Construction Site Incidents

It’s no secret that construction can be dangerous. Working on a worksite carries inherent risk due to the sheer volume of potential dangers present at all times. Keep reading to learn more about some common sources of jobsite incidents.

Serious/Catastrophic Events

An unexpected accident that results in death, permanent harm, severe, temporary harm, psychological injury (or the risk thereof), is considered a serious/catastrophic event.

First Aid-Only Events

Minor cuts, scrapes, burns or injuries that happen on the job that don’t require a trip to the doctor fall into the bucket of first aid-only events. In other words, health and safety services are administered on the worksite. 

Medical-Only Events

A medical-only event is when someone seeks medical treatment beyond first aid, but it does not result in hospitalisation, lost time from work or permanent injury. For instance, going to the doctor to see if you need stitches but being told they’re not necessary.

Recordable Events

Recordable events can be those that result in death, days away from work, restricted work, transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid or loss of consciousness.  Injuries and illnesses include any work-related diagnosed case of cancer, chronic irreversible diseases, fractured or cracked bones or teeth, or punctured eardrums.

Report-Only Events

Near misses are a common type of report-only event—they could have led to bodily harm and/or property loss but didn’t (for instance, if a hammer falls from scaffolding and nearly hits someone on the head). Near miss incidents often precede loss-producing events, but they may be overlooked since there was no harm at the time.

Lost Time Events

A lost time event is when an occupational injury or illness prevents someone from being able to work their normal shifts. An example is someone who shatters their ankle after falling off a ladder and can’t return to work for a month.

Information to Record in an Incident Report

The primary purpose of a construction incident report is to uncover the circumstances and conditions that led to an event to help prevent similar future incidents in the future. Depending on the severity of the incident, the report may be circulated within the company or externally to insurers, regulatory bodies and possibly others. Properly evaluating and selecting the right form will make all the difference from the get-go and ensure all critical information is included.

The following information should be collected in a report following an incident:

  • The how, where, when, and who -- people present or involved
  • Description of incident
  • Findings
  • Corrective action and improvements recommended
  • Appendix - attachments, witness/team statements, notes, photos, sketches, etc


The construction incident report is a key part of any successful workplace safety program. Safety programs can decrease the likelihood of an injury by half, lower EMR to save you money, and empower employees to become safety champions.

Companies with a strong safety culture typically experience fewer at-risk behaviours, decreased incident rates, low turnover, less absenteeism and boosted productivity—a win-win for all. 

Procore’s mobile-friendly Incidents Tool is based regulatory reporting requirements and makes documenting incidents approachable and intuitive. With it, you can contribute to a safer environment and gather the information necessary to educate, focus resources and prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. To learn more about how Procore is helping contractors improve outcomes on their projects, visit Quality & Safety.



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Caitlin Chander

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