An overview of RIDDOR
If you are an employer, are self-employed or in control of premises then you are legally obliged under the RIDDOR to report certain accidents at work. This allows the enforcing authorities to identify where specific risks in the workplace are so that they can offer advice for preventative action in order to diminish the ever increasing accident rates.
What is RIDDOR?
RIDDOR means the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 and specifically requires that the following be reported to the relevant enforcing authority immediately after they occur:
- Major personal injuries
- Accidents resulting in three days off work
- Dangerous occurrences
In this instance, major personal injuries include:
- Fracture other than those to the fingers, thumbs or toes
- Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
- Loss of sight – temporary or permanent
- Chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye
- Injury resulting from an electric shock or electrical burn
- Any other injury requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
- Acute illness requiring medical treatment or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin
Who do I contact?
Accidents at work and any other work related health and safety incidents can be reported via the Incident Contact Centre (ICC).
You can speak to an ICC operator between 8.30 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. They will then pass on your report to the relevant enforcing authority. For more details visit http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/misc310.pdf.
For more information about RIDDOR or how to report accidents at work please visit www.riddor.gov.uk.
Making a claim following an accident at work
If you have suffered a personal injury as the result of an accident at work then you may be entitled to make a compensation claim.
We can help you to claim for pain and suffering, loss of earnings and much more. We may even be able to organise for you to receive top medical care in your area.
Our personal injury solicitors work on a no win no fee basis, this means that our clients don't pay a penny in up front costs. They will guide you through the claims process and be on hand to offer you free legal advice.
To make a compensation claim following an accident at work call our 24 hour claims team on 0800 197 32 32 without delay.