Accidents at Work

Accidents at work (RIDDOR*) 

*RIDDOR is an acronym of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.

The following work-related accidents must be reported as soon as possible:

  • fatalities

  • specified major injuries

  • injuries that result in over-seven-day incapacitation of a worker (either absence or unable to perform normal work duties)

  • non-fatal injuries to a person not at work who is taken to hospital for treatment directly from the premises (e.g. a member of the public, a visitor or customer on the premises)

  • dangerous occurrences (specified near-miss events)

  • specified occupational diseases.

In each of those cases, except for an over-seven-day injury, the notification must be made to the enforcing authority without delay, by the quickest possible means, and is most easily done by reporting online. A report must be received within 10 days of the incident (or diagnosis for diseases) and be made by a responsible person, such as the employer or person in control of premises.  For an over-seven-day injury, only the reporting requirement applies and must take place within 15 days.

All incidents can be reported online: HSE Report

Telephone 08453 009923 (for reporting fatal and major injuries only - Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

Once a report has been made, it will be allocated by the Central RIDDOR Team to the relevant enforcing authority (either to the relevant Local Authority or the Health and Safety Executive), who may make further contact if the circumstances require further clarification or investigation.

For further information and guidance

General Information

Specified Major Injuries

Dangerous Occurrences/Specified Near Miss Events

Specified Occupational Diseases