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Reporting accidents at work


Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we are often contacted by people who have been injured in the workplace and who wish to know the procedure for reporting accidents at work. As one of the premier personal injury law firms in the UK, we have successfully handled numerous work injury compensation claims. We have helped many people to receive the maximum payout possible for their individual cases.

Employers are required by law to provide a safe and healthy environment for their employees. This includes providing adequate training and safety equipment. When these duties are neglected, accidents are likely to occur. We have endeavoured to answer the most common questions regarding reporting accidents at work below.

Is my employer responsible for reporting a workplace accident?

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), workplace accidents should only be reported by the responsible persons. This includes employers, the self-employed and those who are in control of premises, such as premises owners.

These people are held responsible for ensuring that their premises or workplaces are safe, both for their employees and for members of the public. We advise all employees to report accidents to their employers as soon as they occur. Employers are then required to record these incidents in an accident book and to report them to the HSE or relevant local authority.

Why should accidents be reported?

Employers should report workplace accidents to enable the enforcing authorities to identify the common areas where risks arise and to help them determine whether further investigation is required.

On the other hand, as an employee, it is important to report such accidents in order to improve the safety conditions in the workplace. Informing an employer about the incident gives them the opportunity to make the relevant adjustments to ensure that your workmates remain safe.

What types of accidents should be reported?

The common types of reportable workplace accidents include:

  • Injuries sustained at work.
  • Deaths.
  • Occupational diseases.
  • Gas incidents.
  • Other dangerous occurrences or near misses.

When should my employer report these accidents?

An employer should report workplace deaths and injuries as soon as they occur. Injuries that cause an employee to miss work for more than seven days should be reported within 15 days of their occurrence, while three-day injuries are usually only recorded in the accident book. Occupational diseases ought to be reported as soon as a doctor notifies an employer that one of his workers suffers from a work-related disease.

What should I do if my employer fails to report an accident in the workplace?

We advise employees to take their cases to the next level if their employers have failed to report accidents that have occurred at work. In most instances, this means bringing the matter to the attention of the HSE or the concerned local authority for further investigation.

contact us for more information

If you would like to know whether you can claim work injury compensation from your employer then do not hesitate to contact us. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 5659 to talk to one of our friendly advisers and to receive further information on claiming compensation.