All accidents to employees in any workplace, however minor, must be recorded. An accident is defined as work-related if is it caused by:
- Work organisation, e.g. supervision, training
- The condition of the premises
- Machinery, equipment or substances which the employee uses or is exposed to at work
- Acts of physical violence
Why keep accident records?
This is a requirement under social security legislation. An employee may be forced to claim benefits at a later date due to their injury, and it is vital that the proper accident records exist to prove that the accident happened at work. Likewise, these records are also required as evidence if the victim subsequently needs to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Employers also have a responsibility to monitor accidents as a means of assessing whether the existing controls are adequate and to implement new procedures where necessary. Keeping accident records is crucial in monitoring trends and identifying and eliminating potential risks in order to prevent injury to employees.
Certain work-related accidents must also be reported to the Health and Safety Executive.
Who is responsible for accident records?
Your employer is responsible for accident reporting. Some organisations may nominate a specific person or department to handle the task.
As the victim of a workplace accident, it is in your best interests to ensure that the incident is properly recorded. Make sure that all details are accurate before you sign the record.
If your injury prevents you from working for more than seven consecutive days after the accident, your employer must report it under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). All major injuries must also be reported. These include:
- Fractures, except to fingers, thumbs or toes
- Dislocation of shoulder, hip, knee or spine
- Temporary or permanent loss of sight
- Penetrating injury or burn to the eye
- Any injury which renders the victim unconscious, requiring resuscitation or hospitalisation for more than 24 hours
- Loss of consciousness due to the effects of harmful substances
Accident Advice Helpline has been in business since 2000 and has vast experience of helping victims of workplace accidents claim the compensation they deserve. We’re recommended by renowned consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen so you know you’re dealing with a company you can rely on.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident in the last three years which was somebody else’s fault, contact our experts. They’ll talk through the specifics of your case with you to help establish whether you have a valid claim.
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Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown