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Health and Safety Accidents
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) place a duty on employers, the self employed and landlords to record and report accidents, near misses and work related diseases. The purpose of regulations is to reduce workplace accidents and cases of ill health by reporting serious workplace incidents to the to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) so they can identify, record and investigate such events in order to provide awareness, support and guidance.
All workplace accidents that result in an injury must be recorded in the company accident book. The health and safety executive publish an accident book (BI 510) that conforms to the Data Protection Act 1998 with regards the control of the personal details of the casualty.
Reportable accidents, near misses and work related diseases
- The following events are reportable to the Health & Safety Executive:-
- A major injury (amputation, dislocation, electrocution, fracture (other than to the thumbs, fingers or toes), loss of vision, an accident where the casualty becomes unconscious,etc).
- An injury resulting in admission to hospital for more than 24 hours.
- An accident resulting in a person being off work, or unable to do their normal work, for more than three days.
- An accident connected with your work where a member of the public is killed or taken to hospital.
- A dangerous occurrence (an event that could have resulted in injury).
- A specified occupational disease certified by a doctor (skin diseases, lung diseases, infections, musculoskeletal disorders, etc).
These events should be reported by phone to the Incident Contact Centre (ICC) immediately or in the case of a three day injury or occupational disease as soon as you become aware. If you are unsure if the incident is to be reported contact the Incident Report Centre for advice.