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Reporting a RIDDOR Incident

RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 which require employers, self-employed people and those in control of work premises to report severe incidents that have occurred in their workplace.

What must be reported?

Deaths and major injuries that have occurred as a direct result of a work-related incident must always be reported.  People not at work who have died or become seriously injured at the site of work, including members of the public, should also be reported as RIDDOR incidents.  Reportable injuries include severe fractures, amputations, significant joint dislocations, loss of sight or severe eye injury, serious electrical shocks and burns, unconsciousness due to asphyxia or exposure, absorption or ingestion of harmful chemicals, infected material or biological agents.

Injuries and illnesses that occur as a result of work and that cause an employee to be absent from work, or unable to perform their usual duties at work for seven days or longer, must be reported.

Some dangerous occurrences or ‘near-miss’ events where no injury or death occurred should be reported.  Some examples include the collapse or explosion of pipework, the failure of load-bearing parts in lifting equipment, electrical fires or explosions and the accidental release of dangerous substances. More specific information of reportable dangerous occurrences can be found online.

How to Report

RIDDOR incidents can be reported by telephone or online.  In case of death and serious injuries, reports must be made as soon as possible after the incident has occurred.  Injuries and illnesses that cause employers to be unable to work for 7 days or more should be reported within 15 days of the original incident.  For injuries that cause inability to work for over 3 days but less than 7 days should be made a record of, but these should already be noted in the accident book which employers are required to keep under Social Security Regulations 1979.