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Fatality/Accident Notifications

Virginia Code § 40.1-51.1.D requires all employers, regardless of how many individuals they employ, to report any work related incident resulting in a fatality within eight (8) hours to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI).

If an employer does not learn of a fatality or catastrophe at the time that it occurs, and the incident would otherwise be reportable to DOLI, the employer is required by law to report the incident within 8 hours of the time that it is made known to any agent or employee of the employer.

If an employee dies as a result of the incident, the employer is required to report the death to DOLI within 8 hours of learning of the death.

Virginia Code § 40.1-51.1.D also provides that every employer shall report to the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry within 24 hours any work-related incident resulting in (i) the inpatient hospitalization of one or more persons, (ii) an amputation, or (iii) the loss of an eye, as prescribed in the rules and regulations of the Safety and Health Codes Board."

How to Report - All reports are required to be made by using the link below, via telephone to the numbers listed below or in person at a DOLI office. Under no circumstances are fatality or catastrophe reports to be made by e-mail. link

During normal business hours (8:15 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.) an incident should be reported to the closest regional or field office at the following numbers:

  804 371-3104 Office
  703 392-0900 Office
  757 455-0891 Office
  540 562-3580 Office
  276 676-5465 Office
  434 385-0806 Office
  540 248-9280 Office

Before or after normal business hours or on weekends and holidays, incidents can be reported by calling the appropriate cell phone or pager number for the nearest office:

  804 229-4666 Cell Phone
  571 264-4089 Cell Phone
  757 837-2017 Cell Phone
  540 983-5362 Pager
  540 983-5362 Pager
  540 983-5362 Pager
  571 264-4089 Cell Phone

If unable to reach the local phone numbers or pagers, the State Police Duty Sergeant in Richmond, VA should be contacted at 804/674-2026.

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Virginia Department of Labor and Industry - Headquarters: Main Street Centre Bldg. 600 East Main Street, Suite 207, Richmond, Virginia 23219-4101
Telephone Number - Office: 804.371.2327 TDD: Fax: 804.786.2376 - Our Hours are from 8:15 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday