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Environmental Health and Safety

Accident, Incident & Near Miss Reporting

Emergency scenarios can arise in workplaces and work settings all around campus. Learn how to respond and report incidents in compliance with university standards.

If you are currently experiencing a health or safety emergency, immediately remove yourself from the area. For emergency assistance, dial 911. For USC police dispatch, dial 803-777-9111.


In Case of Injury

If you have an injury, contact Buddy Harley, EH&S Employee Safety Manager, right away at 803-528-8191. He will coordinate any required incident reporting to SC OSHA.

  • For any fatality that occurs within 30 days of a work-related incident, the university must report the event to SC OSHA within eight hours.
  • For any in-patient hospitalization, amputation or eye loss that occurs within 24 hours of a work-related incident, the university must report the event within 24 hours.

Workers’ Compensation

In general, all employees of the University of South Carolina who are paid through the university payroll system are covered by workers’ compensation. Any accidental injury or occupational disease sustained by employees in the course of performing their job duties may be covered.

More about UofSC Workers' Compensation.

Reporting an Incident


Call 911 in case of a life threatening emergency. If you're hurt on the job, report your injury to your supervisor immediately.

During Normal Business Hours

For treatment, go to the Center for Health and Well-Being (next to TSHC) at 1401 Devine Street Columbia, SC 29208. Phone: 803-777-3175

Before or After Normal Business Hours

For treatment, proceed to Palmetto Health Hospital or the nearest emergency room. 

Reporting Resources

Injury Reporting Procedures [pdf]

Accident/Injury Report Form [pdf]

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