Expert calls for changes to the way accidents at work are recorded

Companies across all sectors in the UK should have to abide by a vastly different approach when it comes to how they record accidents at work suffered by their employees.

That is the opinion of Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), an organisation striving to cut the number of people being injured in preventable incidents in workplaces up and down the country.

Mr Bibbings was speaking in response to the Health and Safety Executive's (HSE) proposals to change the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), which closes later this month (April 29th).

He explained that the legislative burden on firms would increase if they had to file RIDDOR reports less often and stated that the HSE should therefore only be notified of fatal and major injuries, as well as "dangerous occurrences".

"What is required is a much more radical approach, looking again at objectives to be achieved," Mr Bibbings added.

Posted by Patrick White

20/04/2011 17:01