Reporting accidents under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Regulations – RIDDOR
There are accidents and incidents which need to be reported to enforcing authorities. Employers have a duty to report accidents, ill health, or incidents if they meet the criteria set out in RIDDOR. The first criteria being the accident must be work-related. In regard to the accidents an employer will only need to report, if the accident leads to an over 7-day injury (meaning as a result of the accident the employee is absent from work for over 7 days recuperating), the injury meets the criteria of a reportable injury, or the accident resulted in a fatality. In most cases an employer can make an accident report using the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) online reporting system – to find out all the ways to make an accident report please use this link below. https://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/report.htm
The RIDDOR regulations also documents that accidents to non-employees which occur due to or in connection with working related activities or responsibilities should also be reported. An accident report should be made if the injured person is taken from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to the injury sustained.
Within the RIDDOR regulations there are a list of reportable dangerous occurrences and diseases which are identified in the workplace. Dangerous occurrences are defined as near-miss events (incidents with the potential to cause harm). Only the dangerous occurrences listed in the regulations need to be report, which means not all incidents are reportable.
In regard to occupational diseases, employers must make a report when alerted that an employee has been diagnosed with a certain occupational disease, which has likely to have been caused or made worse by their work. For more information on the list of criteria for making a report under RIDDOR please use this link below. https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg453.pdf