Title 28
Labor and Labor Relations

Chapter 32
Workers’ Compensation — Report of Injuries

R.I. Gen. Laws § 28-32-1

§ 28-32-1. Reports required from employers.

(a) Every employer who or that is or becomes subject to the provisions of chapters 29 — 38 of this title shall report to the director, in writing or in any other manner specified by the director, every personal injury sustained by an employee arising out of and in the course of his or her employment connected and referable to the employment, if that injury proves fatal or incapacitates the employee from earning full wages for a period of at least three (3) days, or requires medical treatment regardless of the period of incapacity.

(b) If the injury is immediately fatal, the report shall be made within forty-eight (48) hours after it occurs; if it proves fatal later, the report shall be made within forty-eight (48) hours after death occurs and comes to the knowledge of the employer; if the injury is not fatal, the report shall be made within ten (10) days after the injury, or if the incapacity is due to an occupational disease then within ten (10) days after the incapacity shall come to the knowledge of the employer.

(c)(1) The director may by rule, regulation, or order provide for additional interim reports, and at the termination of the period of incapacity, regardless of its duration, a supplementary report, in writing, or as otherwise specified by the director.

(2) Blanks to be supplied by the director shall be expanded to include an explanation, at least to the extent possible, of the cause of the injury, and the duplicate copy shall be made available to the department for data collection.

History of Section.
P.L. 1912, ch. 831, art. 6, § 1; P.L. 1915, ch. 1268, § 1; P.L. 1921, ch. 2095, § 11; G.L. 1923, ch. 92, art. 6, § 1; P.L. 1936, ch. 2290, § 17; P.L. 1936, ch. 2358, § 7; G.L. 1938, ch. 300, art. 6, § 1; P.L. 1949, ch. 2282, § 5; P.L. 1954, ch. 3297, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 28-32-1; P.L. 1982, ch. 32, art. 1, § 3; P.L. 1985, ch. 365, § 5; P.L. 1986, ch. 507, § 6; P.L. 2000, ch. 491, § 3.