Understand RIDDOR rules for reporting

What You Need to Know About Reporting Workplace Injuries Under RIDDOR

Understand RIDDOR rules for reporting work injuries & illnesses in the UK.

Workplaces aren’t immune to accidents, and RIDDOR is here to help. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations ensures work safety by requiring reports on injuries and hazards. This helps identify trends, improve safety, and prevent future accidents.

This guide gives you a clear understanding of RIDDOR reporting and empowers you to navigate the process. We’ll also show you how to start a workplace injury claim.

Who Needs to Report Under RIDDOR?

The responsibility to report under RIDDOR falls on the “responsible person.” This can be:

  • Employers
  • The self-employed carrying out work activities
  • Anyone controlling work premises (e.g., building managers)

It’s important to note that RIDDOR reporting isn’t limited to employees. Injuries sustained by visitors, members of the public, or even contractors on-site may also need to be reported depending on the severity.

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What Needs to be Reported Under RIDDOR?

RIDDOR outlines specific categories of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences that require reporting. Here’s a breakdown of the key reportable incidents:

Specified Injuries: 

These are serious injuries sustained by workers, such as fractures, amputations, loss of sight, or injuries requiring hospital admission for more than 24 hours.

Over-7-Day Injuries: 

If a worker is incapacitated (unable to perform their normal duties) for more than seven consecutive days due to a work-related injury (including weekends and rest days), this needs to be reported.

Occupational Diseases: 

Certain work-related illnesses, like occupational cancers or lung diseases caused by exposure to hazardous substances, are reportable under RIDDOR.

Dangerous Occurrences:

 Even if no injuries occur, specific incidents with the potential to cause serious harm must be reported. Examples include gas explosions, equipment failure leading to near misses, or collapses of structures.

Remember: RIDDOR reporting thresholds and requirements can be complex. If you’re unsure if an incident is reportable, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and report it.

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Making a RIDDOR Report

Reports can be submitted online through the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website or by phone for fatalities only. The online system allows you to choose the appropriate reporting form and provides clear guidance on what information to include.

Here are some key details to have on hand when making a report:

  • Date, time, and location of the incident
  • Description of the incident
  • Details of the injured person(s)
  • Nature of the injury or illness
  • Any witnesses or near misses

The deadline for reporting varies depending on the incident type. For fatal accidents and specified injuries, reports must be submitted within 10 days. Over-7-day injuries and dangerous occurrences require reporting within 15 days.

The Importance of RIDDOR Reporting

RIDDOR plays a vital role in promoting workplace safety. This information can be used by:

  • Employers: To assess their own safety practices and identify areas for improvement.
  • Industry bodies: To develop best practices and safety guidance for specific sectors.
  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE): To target enforcement activities in high-risk industries and investigate serious incidents.

Ultimately, effective RIDDOR reporting contributes to a safer working environment for everyone.

Injured at Work? National Claims Can Help

Workplace accidents can be devastating, leaving you with physical injuries, emotional trauma, and lost wages. If you’ve been injured at work due to someone else’s negligence, National Claims is here to guide you through the process of making a personal injury claim.

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During a free consultation, we’ll discuss the details of your accident. This includes the nature of your injury, how it happened, and any witnesses present. We’ll assess the situation and connect you with a solicitor from our panel who will be able to assist you with your case.

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We understand that financial concerns can add further stress to an already difficult situation. That’s why we operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis. There are no upfront costs associated with our services, and our fees are only payable if your claim is successful. This allows you to focus on your recovery without financial worry.

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Understanding and adhering to RIDDOR regulations is a crucial aspect of maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. By effectively reporting work-related injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences, we contribute to a collective effort to identify hazards, implement preventative measures, and ultimately, safeguard the well-being of everyone in the workplace. Remember, a moment spent reporting an incident today can prevent a serious accident tomorrow.

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