Obligation to report occupational accidents, injuries and illness
As an employer, you have a duty to notify the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority and the nearest police authority in the event of serious personal injury or death suffered in connection with work. Occupational injuries and illness must also be reported to NAV.
Duty to notify the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority and police in the event of serious occupational accidents
The employer must notify the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority and the police immediately in the event of a serious occupational accident which results in death or serious injury. After reporting a case by telephone, the employer must notify the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority in writing. The safety representative must receive a copy of the confirmation.
Obligation to report occupational accidents and illness to NAV
It is your duty as an employer to notify NAV as soon as possible when an employee suffers an occupational injury or illness. An 'occupational injury' is defined as a personal injury, illness or death resulting from an accident at work. Notification must be sent even when there is doubt over to whether the injury or illness could give entitlement to benefits. Notification must in any case be given if NAV or the employee so wishes. If you are a freelancer or self-employed, you must notify the injury or illness yourself.
If the employer fails to report an occupational injury
If the employer fails to report an occupational injury or illness to NAV, the employee can do it him- or herself. The employee should also submit a claim form to the employer's insurance company as soon as possible.
The entitlement to occupational injury cover may lapse if the occupational injury or illness is not reported within one year after the accident occurred or the person who was obliged to report the injury/illness became aware of the reason for the illness. Employers who fail to report occupational injuries or illness can be fined.