Incident Information Reporting Tool
An incident has occurred:
1. Take care of the injured/find a safe place.
2. Preserve and document the evidence/take photos if appropriate.
3. Complete an incident report and notify your local council.
So, how do I report an incident?
• Gather the facts using the tools below.
Near Miss Incident Information Reporting Tool
Near Miss Video
US Coast Guard Required Reporting:
- A person dies
- A person is injured and requires medical treatment beyond “Scout rendered first aid.”
- A person disappears from the vessel under circumstances that indicate death or injury
- Damage to vessels and other property totals $2,000 (lower amounts in some states and territories).
- The boat is destroyed.
*Or if you are entering a Youth Protection/Membership Infraction report, follow the same steps as in the incident reporting video above and select “Membership Infraction” after you leave the welcome screen.
Crisis Communications Support:
Even though a crisis may be local, the impact to your council and the organization can be impactful and far-reaching. That’s why it is important to immediately engage the BSA’s Crisis Communications support team by emailing PR@scouting.org as soon as you become aware of a situation, even if media is not yet involved. The team will respond quickly to support you with the needed communications so that you can focus on the incident at hand. Important note: Contacting the crisis team alone does not qualify as filing an incident report.
Occupational Injury Reporting:
All employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or the loss of an eye. An in-patient hospitalization, amputation, or eye loss must be reported within 24 hours.
*All fatalities must be reported within eight hours.
To Make a Report
- Call the nearest OSHA office.
- Call the OSHA 24-hour hotline at 1-800-321-6742 (OSHA).
Be prepared to supply the following: the business name; names of employees affected; the location and time of the incident, a brief description of the incident; and the name and phone number of the contact person.
This requirement is the same regardless of vessel makeup: sail, canoe, paddleboard, kayak, and powerboat.
For information on how to file this federally required accident report, click here.