Health and safety law puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report serious workplace accidents, work-related diseases and “specified dangerous occurrences” (near misses).
When do I need to report a workplace accident, work related illness or a dangerous occurrence?
There is a legal duty for businesses to report certain types of workplace accidents, work related illnesses or dangerous occurrences (near misses) in the workplace to the enforcing authority.
- All deaths that arise from workplace accidents.
- Any major injuries
- Injury or illness of an employee that has resulted in a 7 day or more absence (this includes weekends and rest days)
- Any accident that results in a member of the public having to go to hospital directly from the accident for treatment.
- Any specified occupational diseases.
- Certain dangerous occurrences (near misses)
Further information on these areas can be found on the HSE Types of Reportable Incidents Website.
The incident must be reported as soon as possible and within 15 days for the over 7 day injuries to employees.
Please contact us if you are unsure whether you need to report an incident or not.
How do I report an accident, work related illness or dangerous occurrence?
Incidents should be reported online using the Health and Safety Executive webpage How to make a RIDDOR report.
The report will be forwarded to the enforcing authority for your business.
Fatal or specified accidents or major incidents can be reported by telephone to 0345 300 99 23 (a local rate call), opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm.
What happens once I have reported an accident?
You should ensure that the accident is recorded in your accident book.
Once we have received the report it will be allocated to an officer who will investigate the accident.
The level of investigation will depend upon the nature of the accident, the injury or illness sustained, the professional judgement of the investigating officer and the history of the business.
The officer may contact you for further information, or alternatively may visit to carry out an investigation.
The Food and Safety Team is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy when you use our services. Please view our Food and Safety Team Privacy Notices for further information, printed copies are available on request.