- Services for Business
- Services for Individuals
- Events & Media
- Contact Us
- Conveyancing login
Workplace safety should be a priority for both employees and employers. Despite the best preventive measures, accidents can and do happen. Reporting these incidents correctly is not only a legal requirement but a vital step in preventing future accidents.
In the UK, employers are obliged to ensure the health and safety of their workers under various regulations. The key authority overseeing workplace health and safety is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). In addition to this, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) outlines the types of work-related incidents that must be reported and how to go about it.
In the following guide, we explain how to report an accident at work, why it is essential to do so and what actions you may be able to take if it was not your fault.
Reporting an accident quickly allows for immediate corrective action to be taken to prevent similar accidents from happening to other people. As well as this, it makes sure that employers comply with their legal requirements, protecting both them and their employees from any further potential legal repercussions.
Generally, it is the responsibility of the employer to report workplace accidents, especially if they fall under RIDDOR. However, as an employee, you should notify your supervisor or manager of the incident and make sure it is logged in your workplace's accident logbook. In some severe cases, such as major injuries or fatalities, the HSE may need to be notified. The HR department should be able to advise you on this, as can a professional work-related accidents solicitor.
Understanding the correct reporting procedure is vital for both employees and employers to make sure they are prepared and can react in the event of an accident. For employees, this may involve the following steps:
Reporting an accident at work can be deceptively complex, and there are several mistakes that both employees and employers should be aware of. These can have a bearing on the validity of the report and may even influence any subsequent legal proceedings. Here are some common mistakes to watch out for:
If you have been involved in a workplace accident that has resulted in an injury, you may be considering the prospect of making a personal injury claim. Our specialist team will be able to guide you through the entire process of claiming compensation. At Ramsdens, we specialise in personal injury claims and can assist you in both the reporting process and any subsequent legal actions.
If you have experienced a workplace accident and require professional advice on reporting it or pursuing a personal injury claim, get in touch with us today. We are experts in this field and can guide you through each step, ensuring you achieve the best possible outcome. Simply call us on 01484 821 500, email us at email@example.com, or fill out an online contact form and we'll be in touch.