Workplace accidents are a major cause of injury, disability and death. They can have a significant impact, both emotionally and financially.
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013, certain workplace accidents, work-related injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Not all accidents need to be reported. A RIDDOR report is required only when:
- The accident is work-related
- It results in the type of injury that's reportable
What needs to be reported
- All deaths, with the exception of suicides, that arise from a work-related accident, including an act of physical violence to a worker
- Accidents to members of the public where they're taken directly to hospital for treatment of the injury. There's no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent
- Disease suffered by an employee that's related to work activities
- Dangerous occurrences: Certain specified near-miss events
- An over-seven-day injury (not counting the day on which it happened) to an employee or self-employed person working on your premises
There's lots of useful information available on the HSE website, including:
We receive the reports on premises where we're responsible for the enforcement of the health and safety laws. Each report is assessed to decide what level of investigation is needed, if any.