It’s only major accidents in work I have to report, is that right?
All accidents should be reported including minor accidents at work. Minor accidents at work can develop into major problems if they go unreported.
If you assume that only major accidents in work have to be reported, you might need to have a serious rethink. The old adage, prevention is better than cure still stands and the Health and Safety Executive are hot on the prevention of accidents in the workplace.
The fact is all of us walk past accidents waiting to happen, frequently commenting on them in just that way. How many of us have either said ourselves, or heard someone else say ‘If something is not done about that, someone will have an accident’.
Sadly those half-hearted words end up being prophetic and an accident does happen. If only we had reported the thing that caused the accident when we first noticed it.
Reporting minor accidents at work
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are very clear about the reporting of accidents in work. Many work places do, in fairness, have fairly rigid policies about this.
What might not be quite so obvious is the fact that there are clear guidelines about what they term dangerous occurrences. This is has a more far reaching implication if we can understand what it means. In a nutshell a dangerous occurrence is defined as an accident either ‘waiting to happen’, or an accident at work that did happen, but nobody received a physical injury as result of the accident.
Dangerous occurrences explained
The HSE have a list of what is deemed as dangerous occurrences, it is not exhaustive but includes on it things that should be reported.
- Collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment;
A wager could be laid that somewhere in this country in a warehouse or factory lifting equipment overturns and the load is spilled because of a failed hydraulic pump on a forklift truck and simply picked back up and work resumes with no report being filed.
Another example of things that should be reported
- Accidental release of any substance which may damage health.
Dare we even think about this? My suspicion is that everyday substances that may damage health are spilt and cleared up without reports being filed.
Prevent minor accidents at work by reporting dangerous occurrences
These are accidents in work that could happen but have not yet occurred. If the dangerous occurrence is reported, action might be taken to prevent the accident happening in the future.
Because these incidents are often not reported, no action is taken and tragic accidents in work do happen sometimes with very serious consequences.
In the event that employees do become victims of minor accidents at work then help is at hand. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that provides an expert legal service to non-fault accident victims to help them claim compensation.
Call us today for further advice on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.