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How do i Report an Accident at Work ?

How do I Report an Accident at Work?

If an accident in the workplace takes place it is important to report the incident using the procedure outlined below:

  1. Record the details in the company accident book

Workplaces are legally obliged to have an accident book. Details of the incident need to be accurately recorded including:

  • The name, date of birth and job of the injured party
  • The date of the accident
  • The details of what  occurred
  • Specific details of injuries
  • The name  of the person logging the details

The accident book should be used to help improve health and safety standards for all the workers at the company.


RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) is a health and safety legislation that requires employers, and people in charge of premises to report certain types of accidents.

The following type of  accidents must be reported :

  • Fatal and serious injuries
  • Industrial illnesses like Asbestosis
  • Dangerous occurrences – i.e. a near miss when an accident could have caused a serious accident.
  • Accidents where gases have been involved

Reports submitted under RIDDOR must be submitted to the HSE website, within 10 days of the incident happening.; The report must include the following details:

  • The date of submission to RIDDOR
  • The details of the person making the submission
  • Where the accident occurred.
  • The location, date and time of the accident
  • The name and details  of the injured person
  • A description of the accident

Any incident that results in an employee being left incapacitated for over 3 consecutive days should be recorded by the employer in their own accident book but does not necessarily need to be reported to RIDDOR.

  1. Review risk assessments and update procedures

The final step after an accident is to review risk assessments and internal health and safety policies. This will help the company identify the reasons behind the accident in the first place and safeguard others in the future.

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