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Accidents at Work

Employers must make every effort to avoid accidents in the workplace, whether to their own employees, contractors, visitors or members of the public. However, should accidents occur, they must have arrangements in place to deal with them, and to identify the causes.

 

There should be an accident book or other recording system where any incidents which require first aid or result in the inability of an employee to continue to work can be recorded (this is a requirement under social security law where there are 10 or more employees). Accident books are available from good book shops and office suppliers. After a record is completed, the section containing the injured persons personal details should be removed and stored securely, in order to comply with the Data Protection Act.

 

The accident records should be reviewed every so often in order that trends can be identified. The occurrence of accidents may indicate hazards which are not adequately controlled and the review may identify these.

 

Reporting of accidents

Some accidents are required to be reported to the health and safety enforcing authority. Any accident must be reported directly to the Incident Contact Centre (ICC).

 

Some incidents must be reported to the enforcing authority as soon as possible. These include:

  • Deaths
  • Major injuries
  • Certain dangerous occurrences
  • Certain occupational diseases

 

Injuries which necessitate more than seven days off work must be reported within fifteen days of the accident.

 

Reports must be made to the Incident Contact Centre by filling in the appropriate online form.  Fatal and major accidents can also be reported by telephone to 0845 300 9923.

 

The enforcing authority may investigate accidents that have been reported and then advise the employer on how to reduce the risk of injury, ill-health and accidental loss in the future. In some cases enforcement action may follow.

 

Further information regarding accidents and their reporting can be found on the HSE website.

 

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