Workplace Accident Reporting

Jan 18, 2012

Incapacity for normal duties - over seven days!

Following on from the change to On Line web based reporting for all RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) accident and injuries from 12 September 2011 further amendments have been brought forward in line with the present government’s health and safety legislation review.

From 6 April 2012, the over-three-day reporting requirement for people injured at work, an employee or self-employed person will change to more than seven days. From then you only have to report injuries that lead to a worker being incapacitated for more than seven consecutive days, as the result of an occupational accident or injury (not counting the day of the accident but importantly, including weekends and rest days). The report must be made within 15 days of the accident.

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent, or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work.

You must still keep a record of the accident if the worker has been incapacitated for more than three consecutive days. If you are an employer, who must keep an accident book under the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979, that record can be treated as a record for the purposes of RIDDOR.

These are the main changes to the reporting requirements for deaths, major injuries, occupational diseases and dangerous occurrences that employers need to be aware of.

HSE Books have published further information on RIDDOR in INDG 453

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