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78,000 people in the UK were injured in an accident at work last year, according to research carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
When work accident statistics like this are released, we naturally think of the injured workers and hope that they have returned to work after making a full recovery. We might be shocked seeing the number of work-related accidents reported and wonder how the Health and Safety Executive have arrived at such a figure. The key word is in the last sentence is “reported” – as there are strict regulations employers must follow in reporting accidents in the workplace.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) puts a duty on employers to report accidents at work. An accident is defined as “a separate, identifiable, unintended incident that causes physical injury” and includes acts of violence. The regulations state that employers must report all accidents that are “work-related” and result in a type of injury that is “reportable”. Examples of reportable accidents are given on the Health and Safety Executive website.
What if you have been injured in an accident at work, can you rely on your employer doing what’s right and completing their RIDDOR report?
Your employer might need to report your work accident to the Health and Safety Executive but you should also make sure they record it in their accident book. If they don’t do this or if your workplace doesn’t have an accident book then make a written record of the accident and send it to your manager, keeping a copy for yourself.
If you cannot report the accident yourself then try to get someone else to do this for you. It is also important to get medical attention as soon as possible so a doctor can record the details of your injuries. This could be very helpful in any work accident compensation claim you may wish to make.
Claims Direct has a nationwide team of Personal Injury Lawyers that specialise in work accident claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This means there is no financial risk to you.
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