Accidents at work

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises are legally required to report certain kinds of accidents and dangerous occurrences within a workplace, commonly known as RIDDOR reports.

What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) is the law that requires reports of:

  • work-related accidents which cause death
  • work-related accidents which cause certain serious injuries
  • diagnosed cases of certain industrial diseases
  • certain ‘dangerous occurrences’ (incidents with the potential to cause harm).

Examples of reportable incidents include:

  • an employee breaking a bone due to a fall
  • a member of the public being taken directly to hospital
  • an employee having seven days or more off work due to a pulled back
  • an employee developing occupational skin dermatitis 

The HSE has produced a brief guide to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

See HSE for further information about reporting accidents

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