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Accident and injury reporting change

BY Thomas Elliott
Health & Safety
BG Orange

A change to the reporting requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) will take effect on 6 April 2012.

At present employers are legally required to report all work-related injuries that incapacitate the injured person for more than three days. From 6 April the trigger point will increase to more than seven days. The first of the seven days will be the day after the accident that caused the injury. 

Incapacitation means that the worker is absent or is unable to do work that they would reasonably be expected to do as part of their normal work. 

Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all “over three day injuries” – if the employer has to keep an accident book, then this record will be enough. 

The deadline by which the over seven day injury must be reported will increase to 15 days from the day of the accident. 

As with much health & safety legislation, the rules apply to a broad range of circumstances, and also include certain diseases, and injuries to members of the public. 

LAW clients should contact their health & safety manager for full details of their obligations under RIDDOR and what the changes mean to them.

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