RIDDOR Legislation Explained: Everything You Need To Know About Accident Reporting

We wrote previously on the subject of incident management, including accident investigation. This blog post will discuss the process for accident reporting and how this works with RIDDOR. We’ll cover RIDDOR legislation in concise terms, so that you are completely clear on your legal obligations.

What is RIDDOR?

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RIDDOR legislation comes into play when the unthinkable happens; when the really horrific accidents occur. The types of serious incidents and injuries that cause shockwaves to shiver through your workplace; such as fatalities, crush injuries, amputations, burns and broken bones.

Of course, many of these occurrences may be preventable. Certainly, the prosecutions seen in court are likely to have been caused by serious non-compliance issues. If you are looking into the particulars of RIDDOR legislation, then perhaps you should also be looking into reviewing your safety management system for gaps in compliance.

The ideal, of course, would be to have management of safety that is so active that an injury would be as rare as a chef without a knife. However accidents happen. We’re human, and we can’t foresee all circumstances. In the event of a work related injury occurring in your workplace, it’s necessary to understand RIDDOR.

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RIDDOR Legislation Explained

What are your duties under RIDDOR legislation?

RIDDOR: the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

This piece of law requires that you, as an employer or person in charge of workplace premises, have to keep records of and report workplace accidents that cause the following:

  • deaths;
  • specified injuries;
  • diagnoses of certain diseases, and;
  • certain incidents that have the potential to cause harm (dangerous occurrences).

What is reportable?

The HSE provides plenty of information on RIDDOR reportable incidents, including FAQs.

To summarise, below is a list of specified injuries under RIDDOR legislation:

  • Fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
  • Amputation of an arm, hand, finger, thumb, leg, foot or toe;
  • Permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight in one or both eyes;
  • Crush injury to the head or torso, causing damage to the brain or internal organs;
  • Burn injury covering more than 10% of body, or causing damage to eyes or vital organs;
  • Scalping resulting in hospital treatment;
  • Loss of consciousness from head injury or asphyxia;
  • Enclosed space injury leading to hypothermia, heat induced illness, or resuscitation.
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Other types of RIDDOR report

Aside from specified injuries, there are other types of RIDDOR report, as follows:

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  • Injury;
  • Dangerous occurrence;
  • Offshore injury or dangerous occurrence;
  • Disease;
  • Flammable gas incident;
  • Dangerous gas fitting;

If you operate a mine, quarry, school, or transportation service, you may want check out special guidance for RIDDOR on the HSE website.

How quickly do you need to report an incident?

As soon as possible!

A report must be made within 10 days of the incident.

If the injured party is incapacitated for more than 7 days, you have 15 days to report it.

Any diagnosis of an occupational disease should be reported as soon as you are made aware of it.

Who makes a RIDDOR report?

Only the responsible person for health and safety should make a RIDDOR report, or those who are self-employed.

How to make a RIDDOR report

You can make an online RIDDOR report on the HSE website by clicking here. The link also gives you details on reporting over the phone.

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