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When any work-related accident occurs, however minor, it should be recorded correctly and the records should always be held securely, in line with the Data Protection Regulations. 

This is a legal requirement and accident books have been designed to make sure that you record the right information and many also provide you with instructions to help you ensure that you complete the report correctly. By law, some accidents have to also be reported to the HSE under RIDDOR which is The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.

They provide a list of the types of injuries that are reportable, which include all deaths to workers and non-workers if they arise from a work-related accident, right through to the inclusion of an act of physical violence to a worker. They also provide a list of specified injuries which include: - 

  • A fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes 
  •  Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe 
  • Permanent loss or reduction of sight 
  • Crush injuries leading to internal organ damage 
  • Serious burns (covering more than 10% of the body, or damaging the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs)
  • Scalping which is where there is a separation of skin from the head, which requires hospital treatment 
  • Unconsciousness caused by head injury, asphyxia or any other injury arising from work in an enclosed space, which leads to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours.

In addition to the list of specified injuries, there is the seven-day reporting requirement that means that when an employee or self-employed person is away from work or unable to perform their normal work duties for more than seven consecutive days after the day of the accident this must also be reported under RIDDOR. 

If a member of the public is injured in a work-related accident and is taken from the scene to hospital for treatment it should be reported. There is no requirement to establish what hospital treatment was actually provided and no need to report incidents where people are taken to hospital as a precaution and when no injury is present.

When an accident occurred at a hospital it would only need to be reported if the injury is one of those specified under RIDDOR. Dangerous occurrences are certain specified near-miss events that have the potential to cause harm. Although not all of these events need to be reported, there are 27 categories of dangerous occurrences that are relevant to most workplaces and these include the collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment, plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines or explosions or fires which cause work to be stopped for more than 24 hours. 

There are additional categories that apply to mines, quarries, offshore workplaces and certain transport systems and reportable gas incidents that apply to those involved in the distribution, import, filling or supplying of flammable gas.