It doesn’t matter if you work in an office or on a construction site. Accidents can happen at any time. As well as being prepared to treat injuries it is important for businesses to note when they happen and the treatment people received for them. This is why companies need to have accident log books.
What is an accident log book?
In simple terms an accident log book is a book or form that provides details of any accidents that occur during a working day. An injury can be something as minor as someone getting a cut on their finger or someone falling off a platform. Whatever the reason, it is important that it is noted.
Furthermore, it ought to be noted whether the person who was injured got the treatment they needed. This is in the best interests of the company as it offers proof that they acted when they needed to and did so in the correct manner.
What details should be included?
The details in an accident log book should be filled in immediately after an accident has taken place and the person has received appropriate treatment. Details should include:
- The date of when the incident took place
- The exact time when the incident took place (ideally you should have a phone or digital clock to get the exact time)
- Contact details of the people involved
- A description of the accident and how the person was injured
In accordance with data protection rules it is vital that this information is kept secure. The details need to be kept for at least three years after an incident has taken place.
What if a company doesn’t have one?
If your business employs more than ten people then legally it needs to have an accident log book. However, it is also good practice for smaller companies to do so as well, given that there is no great expense involved with writing down incidents or electronically recording a report.
There is also the danger that if incidents are not correctly and appropriately recorded, this could leave them vulnerable to fraudulent claims. This is because there isn’t any evidence of an accident taking place or of the treatment the person received – therefore, they could easily claim that they did not get treatment and this could result in more compensation.
Why you should contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you feel that your company put you at risk unnecessarily then you should contact Accident Advice Helpline. We can guide you through the process, giving you an idea of why you can claim and the amount you could potentially get compensation for.
With specialist solicitors throughout the UK, there is someone with the relevant experience to represent you and give you the best possible chance of getting compensation. For many years we have represented our clients and aided them towards a compensation reward for accidents that were not their fault. The helpline is open 24 hours a day so it is worth giving us a no obligation call to see what we can do for you!
Date Published: October 31, 2013
Author: David Brown