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 Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced a brief guide to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.
Further information about RIDDOR and reporting accidents can be found on the HSE website.