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RIDDOR and the health and safety executive

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is an independent regulator to ensure a safe work environment. If you have been injured at work due to someone else’s negligence, contact us for free legal advice from our expert solicitors.

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

For over 40 years, HSE is an important independent regulator which enforces safety precautions at work:

  • As a regulator, HSE influences change and helps employers and employees to minimise risks at work. You can find more information here.
  • It provides guidance to employers to prevent accidents, e.g. on how to do a risk assessment. You can find more information here.
  • It’s emphasis is on prevention but it can take enforcement actions if safety measures are deliberately being flouted by a company. You can find more information about enforcement actions here.


In order to control accidents at work, HSE enforced RIDDOR: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013. It puts duties on employers to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

An accident only has to be reported to RIDDOR if all of the following apply:

  • It is work related.
  • It results in an injury of a type that is reportable.
  • The employee is absent from work or unable to perform their normal duties for more than 7 consecutive days including weekends.

Reportable injuries can include the following cases:

  • A member of the public was injured because of your company’s equipment.
  • An injury arose from working in an enclosed space which led to hypothermia or heat-induced illness.
  • Serious burns.
  • An injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight.
  • Diseases that are likely to have been caused or made worse by work practice.

To find out if your accident must be reported, we recommend the overview of reportable injuries by HSE.

*Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/accident-book.htm

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