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Reporting accidents in the workplace

Currently, employers are required to report ‘over-three-day’injuries to the Health and Safety Executive. However, the threshold is set tochange to ‘over-seven-days’ injuries. This means that work-related injurieswhere a worker has been incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days mustbe reported to the relevant enforcing authority. Such an injury must bereported within 15 days of the date of the accident, an increase on the currenttime limit of 10 days.

Incidents which lead to a worker being incapacitated formore than three consecutive days must still be recorded, for example in theemployer accident book, but no longer require to be reported to the enforcingauthority unless they fall within one of the specified major injuries asspecified in RIDDOR. The details which must be recorded are set out in Schedule4 of the Regulations and include information such as the date and time of theincident; the name, occupation and nature of injury of the injured worker andthe location where the incident occurred.

The RIDDOR Regulations apply a single set of reportingrequirements to all work activities in Great Britain and in the offshore oiland gas industry. The main aim of the Regulations is to generate reports to theHealth and Safety Executive and local authorities and thus make them aware ofindividual incidents and also show where and how risks and trends can arise.

The updated Health and Safety Executive guidance on RIDDORcan be viewed here.

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