The HSE defines an accident as a ‘separate, identifiable, unintended incident, which causes physical injury’. Under RIDDOR, the work activity itself must contribute to the accident.
Under RIDDOR, it is a legal requirement to report certain incidents to the enforcing authorities (HSE). These certain incidents and injuries can be found here.
Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), it is a legal requirement to report certain accidents or incidents arising out of work. Certain incidents need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for statistical purposes and to undertake an investigation. Those reportable incidents are listed here https://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/reportable-incidents.htm.
Other reasons to report workplace accidents or incidents include:
Failing to have a reporting process in place or reporting a prescribed accident or illness can lead to a prosection.
Accidents should only be reported to the HSE if they are classed as a ‘reportable incident’ under RIDDOR. These reportable incidents are listed here.
A report must be received within 10 days of the incident, except for accidents resulting in an over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker which must be reported within 15 days.
The reportable incidents and injuries under the RIDDOR regulations include:
The information required on a RIDDOR accident report includes:
Incidents must be reported to the HSE if they are classified as reportable under RIDDOR. If the incident doesn’t fall under the criteria then it does not need reporting to the HSE however management of other accidents, incidents and ill-health need to be recorded and investigated for internal purposes and in the event of civil claims.
Reports to the HSE can either be made online via telephone (0845 300 9923). Reports must only be made for reportable incidents or injuries.
Under RIDDOR, it is the employer, self-employed people or the ‘Responsible Person’ which are required to report serious workplace accidents, diseases and dangerous occurrences.