RIDDOR – Reporting Accidents

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    Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

    In the removals business, as with many other business involving manual labour, recording and reporting accidents is not something we pay much attention to. A few minor scrapes, cuts and bruises are almost certainly going to happen at some time or another and we rarely reach for the Accident Book.

    However, there are circumstances that require the reporting of accidents and incidents to the HSE under the RIDDOR regulations. Only ‘responsible persons’ including employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises should submit reports under RIDDOR.

    The list of ‘specified injuries’ in RIDDOR 2013 replaces the previous list of ‘major injuries’ in RIDDOR 1995. Specified injuries are (regulation 4):

    • fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
    • amputations;
    • any injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight;
    • any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs;
    • serious burns (including scalding) which covers more than 10% of the body or causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs
    • any scalping requiring hospital treatment;
    • any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia;
    • any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

    Accidents must be reported where they result in an employee or self-employed person being away from work, or unable to perform their normal work duties, for more than seven consecutive days as the result of their injury. This seven day period does not include the day of the accident, but does include weekends and rest days. The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.

    Accidents to members of the public or others who are not at work must be reported if they result in an injury and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to that injury. Examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute ‘treatment’ in such circumstances.

    There is no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent.
    For the full information on RIDDOR, visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/riddor/

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