One of the main duties of a worker in the United Kingdom is reporting work-related accidents. This duty is governed by RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations), which is the rule that mandates employers and people in control of work environments to keep records of and report serious injuries, deaths related to work, diagnosed industrial disease cases, and certain dangerous or near-miss occurrences or incidents.
Work-related accidents must be reported because it is a legal requirement in the U.K. The report notifies authorities like the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) about injuries, deaths, dangerous occurrences, and occupational diseases so that the authorities can identify how and where risks arise and if these risks should be investigated. This lets the HSE to give advice and target work on avoiding occupational injuries, deaths, accidental loss, and ill health.
Recording incidents under RIDDOR is also important. The records allow the employers to collect the minimum information amount to allow the employer to check that he or she is doing enough to prevent occupational incidents and ensure safety. The report is an important management tool that can be used to help in risk assessment and providing insight on developing solutions to possible risks. Records also help in the prevention of ill health and injuries it the records also control accidental loss costs.
What work-related situations must be reported to the HSE and other authorities? These include injuries and deaths, occupational diseases, dangerous occurrences, and gas incidents. A death has to be reported if: the death is caused by a work accident, the worker suffers from occupational injury, the death stems from a suicide on a transport system from work, and the death stems from physical violence from a co-worker.
Major work-related injuries include: amputation; a fracture, other than to the thumbs, toes, and fingers; permanent or temporary sight loss; spine, knee, hip, or shoulder dislocation; electric burn or electric shock injury; hot metal or chemical burn to the eye; unconsciousness due to potentially harmful biological substance or agent; any injury that leads to heat-related illness or hypothermia; and any acute work-related illness that needs medical treatment, among other injuries.
Self-employed people and employers should report occupational health matters and must be done when they get a written diagnosis from a physician that the employee is suffering from any occupational disease and the sufferer is doing work listed for the specific occupational disease. Gas incidents like inadequate gas combustion, accidental gas leakage, and inadequate removal of products from the gas combustion.
Reporting accidents is easy for the employer and the employee. One can access the HSE website and complete the online report form. This form will be directly submitted to RIDDOR’s database and the employer will get a copy of his or her records. Reporting accidents can also be through phone. T incidents, however, are only for major and fatal injuries. The Incident Contact Centre may be contacted on 0845 300 9923 and hours the Centre opens from Mondays to Fridays from 8.30 am until 5 pm.
Reporting and recording work-related accidents in the United Kingdom helps ensure the safety and health of every worker in the country.