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As an employer in the Netherlands, you are obliged to report industrial accidents to the SZW Inspectorate (Inspectie SZW) if the accidents result in the following:
- permanent injury, such as blindness, amputation or chronic complaints
If the victim dies, you must report the accident by telephone immediately. If the result of the accident is permanent injury or hospitalisation, you report this immediately by telephone or online. If you fail to report a reportable accident, SZW Inspectorate can impose a fine of €50,000. You will find more information in the brochure Industrial accidents requiring notification.
You must keep a record of all reported accidents and accidents that resulted in more than 3 days of sick leave. You must record the nature and date of any accidents. This information must be available to your employees.
Compensation for next of kin
In the future, the next of kin of victims of a serious and permanent industrial injury or who die as a result of an event for which you are liable as entrepreneur, will be eligible for compensation. The amount of compensation will vary between € 12,500 and € 20,000 depending on the situation of the next of kin. This regulation will apply to dependents such as the spouse, children and stepchildren as well as the parents of the victim. This measure is expected to be introduced on 1 January 2019.
This compensation was announced on Prinsjesdag (Budget Day) 2018. It is, of course, subject to the measure passing through the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament, as is the date of introduction.