Facts about accidents and incidents at work
In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the government body responsible for overseeing health and safety standards for workers and employees in all industries. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Legislation (RIDDOR) covers the procedures concerning accident and injury at work. Here are some key points.
The key definition of a reportable incident (except for gas-related incidents) is:
- there has been an accident that caused the injury
- the accident was work-related
- the injury is defined as reportable
A reportable incident includes the death of the worker(s), and injuries to the person, as listed on the RIDDOR web site.
The incident must be reported if the worker is incapacitated for more than seven days (including weekends and rest days).
If the worker is off work for more than three days, the incident must be recorded in the company accident log, but not reported to HSE.
RIDDOR also defines occupational disease that must be reported.
A Dangerous Occurrence is a near-miss type of event, for which RIDDOR lists 27 categories.
Further regulations apply to the gas industry.
What can an accident solicitor in Buckhaven do for me?
If you have been injured at work, or suffered an occupation illness, you could receive advice as to whether you have a valid claim for compensation. When you start your claim, your accident solicitor will take on your case on a no win no fee* basis. If he or she wins, you could get a cash lump sum in compensation. He or she will also ensure that you receive a fair settlement, in line with payouts made to victims who have suffered a similar kind of injury to yours.
Accident Advice Helpline
We will put you in contact with an accident solicitor in Buckhaven who will take your case. Collect together any evidence and documents to do with your accident and medical condition, and also details of witnesses you may have. You will be called to go for an independent medical assessment, but you may not have to go to court, because the vast majority of cases are settled by correspondence. Use your mobile to contact us on 0333 500 0993, or on 0800 689 0500 from your landline.
What if I feel it’s all too much effort?
Leave it to us. Your accident solicitor in Buckhaven will take the worry and the burden off you as far as possible, and try not to bother you with all the niggly detail. It’s what we’re here for. We’ll concentrate on the legalities, so you can focus on your recovery.
Text “CLAIM365” to 88010 and we’ll call you back.