Do I Need to Report Accidents?
It depends on the seriousness of the accident. Some accidents and ill health at work are classed as ‘reportable’. Reporting these is a legal requirement under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) and must be reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) via the HSE website. RIDDOR places a legal duty on employers, self-employed people and people in control of premises (known as ‘responsible persons’) to record and report certain incidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences involving employees, self-employed workers and members of the public.
Incidents that need to be reported under RIDDOR are listed on the HSE website. Reportable incidents include fatalities and major injuries such as fractures (other than to fingers, thumbs and toes), amputations, serious burns (including scalding), etc. Also, any injury that causes someone to be away from their normal work activity for more than seven calendar days.
Some dangerous occurrences where no one is injured, and diagnoses of certain occupational ill health also need to be reported. They include occupational ill health likely to have been caused or made worse by their work. Some examples could be hand-arm vibration syndrome or occupational asthma.
For more information on accident reporting and investigation call on 0844 8797286.
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