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Accident reporting

What needs to be reported?

The injury may be in relation to an employee or any other person visiting the workplace such as a contractor or member of the public.

  • An employee, or a self-employed person, working on premises who is killed. Report immediately.
  • An employee, or a self-employed person, working on premises who suffers a specified injury. This includes amputation, blinding, serious crush, serious burns, scalping, loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia. Further details. Notify HSE immediately, and send them a report within 10 days.
  • Member of the public is killed or taken to hospital. Report immediately.
  • Over three day injury to an employee. Record in accident book only.
  • Over seven day injury. Employee unable to do full range of their normal duties. Including days not normally working (weekends, rest days or holidays), but not counting day of injury. Notify HSE immediately, and send them a report within 10 days.
  • Occupational disease. Examples: hepatitis, dermatitis. Further details. Report as soon as doctor notifies employer.
  • Dangerous occurrence Examples: explosion, collapse of building work, release of dangerous substance. Further details. Notify HSE immediately, and send them a report within 10 days.

How to report it

The report must be made to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is normally done online, but fatal and specified injuries can be reported by telephone: 0345 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm). The HSE will either deal with it themselves, or pass it on to the council if the premises fall under our control for health and safety matters.

The HSE or the council do not have the resources to investigate all accidents, so will prioritise which ones to follow up.

An inspector may visit the premises to examine the scene and speak to the relevant people, including witnesses. Health and safety documentation may be examined, and physical evidence may be taken away. Revisits may be necessary. There may be recommendations to prevent further incidents, and sometimes legal action is necessary.

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