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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 Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

What is RIDDOR?

RIDDOR 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 & Safety Executive (HSE) have produced a brief guide to the reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences.

Please see the HSE website for further information about reporting accidents.

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