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Accidents and Injuries at Work

Why do I need to report accidents and incidents?

It is a legal requirement to report certain accidents and incidents under the RIDDOR - Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. An employer and the self-employed must report certain incidents, accidents, injuries, dangerous occurrences and diseases arising at work. It is an offence not to report a reportable accident. You are strongly advised to report an accident or incident as soon as possible.

What do I need to report?

As an employer, a person who is self-employed, or someone in control of work premises, you have legal duties under RIDDOR that require you to report and record some work-related accidents by the quickest means possible.

What are ‘reportable’ injuries?

The following injuries are reportable under RIDDOR when they result from a work-related accident:

  • The death of any person (Regulation 6)

  • Specified Injuries to workers (Regulation 4)

  • Injuries to workers which result in their incapacitation for more than 7 days (Regulation 4)

  • Injuries to non-workers which result in them being taken directly to hospital for treatment, or specified injuries to non-workers which occur on hospital premises. (Regulation 5)

How do I report accidents and incidents?

You can report directly via a dedicated reporting website

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to report accidents or incidents.

What if I know about an accident that hasn't been reported?

You should make a complaint to us as soon as possible. It is very important to ensure that accidents are reported - not only because it is a legal requirement but to ensure that is properly investigated and that any problems do not happen again.

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Further Information

Contact Details

  • Name Environmental Safety and Health
  • Address People Directorate, 3-5 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HZ
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345