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Fatality/Catastrophe 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 or a catastrophe (catastrophe is defined as the in-patient hospitalization of three (3) or more persons) 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.

How to Report: - All reports are required to be made by telephone or in person at a DOLI office. Under no circumstances are fatality or catastrophe reports to be made by the use of e-mail or this Web site.

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:


Emergency Numbers or 24 Hour Contact Information - Before or after normal business hours or on weekends and holidays, incidents can be reported by calling the appropriate pager number for the nearest office:


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

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