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Reportable injuries under ‘RIDDOR’

WHAT IS ‘RIDDOR’? -

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). RIDDOR places a legal duty on:

• employers;
• self-employed people;
• people in control of premises;

to report work-related deaths[1], major injuries[2] or over-three-day injuries[3], work related diseases[4], and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents)[5]. The easiest way to do this is by calling the Incident Contact Centre (ICC) on 0845 300 99 23 (local rate). We will be sent a copy of the information recorded and you will be able to correct any errors or omissions.
NB. Copies of submitted RIDDOR forms are sent to the employers / duty-holders regardless of who has submitted the report.
Why should I report?
Reporting accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement. The information enables the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities, to identify where and how risks arise, and to investigate serious accidents. They can then help us and provide advice on how to reduce injury, and ill health in our workplace.

For most businesses, a reportable accident, dangerous occurrence, or case of disease is a comparatively rare event. However, if it does happen, we must let the ICC know.

What is the Incident Contact Centre (ICC)?

The ICC is a ‘one-stop’ reporting service for work-related health and safety incidents in the UK. It was established on 1 April 2001 and is a primarily a call centre, open from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm. If you wish to speak to an ICC operator, just call 0845 300 99 23. All information will remain confidential.

How does the ICC work?

The responsible person, usually the employer or person in control of the premises, or in UKV the first-aider or H&S officer, must report all incidents and keep appropriate records. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23 with no need to fill in a report form. The ICC Consultant will ask a few questions and take down appropriate details, this is reporting. Our report will be passed on to the relevant enforcing authority. We will be sent a copy of the information recorded which we can file - this meets the RIDDOR requirement to keep records of all reportable incidents. It’s as easy as that. When you receive a copy of the information recorded, we will be able to correct any errors or omissions.
We can also report by completing an interactive form[6] which automatically sends us a copy for our records.
Reports are also accepted via email[7] or post[8] to the ICC.

How do I contact the ICC?

• By phone: 0845 300 99 23 (local rate)
• Online: HSE RIDDOR - Report online[9]
• By email: riddor@connaught.plc.uk
• By Post: Incident Contact Centre, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 3GG.

What is reportable under RIDDOR?

As an employer, we have legal duties under RIDDOR that require us to report and record some work-related accidents by the quickest means possible.

  • Reportable deaths and major injuries
  • Deaths
  • If there is an accident connected with work and our employee, or self-employed person working on the premises, or a member of the public is killed we must notify the enforcing authority without delay. We can either telephone the ICC on 0845 300 99 23 or complete the appropriate online form (F2508)[1].
  • Major injuries

If there is an accident connected with work and our employee, or self-employed person working on the premises sustains a major injury, or a member of the public suffers an injury and is taken to hospital from the site of the accident, we must notify the enforcing authority without delay by telephoning the ICC or completing the appropriate online form (F2508)[2].

Reportable major injuries are:
• fracture, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes;
• amputation;
• 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 leading to unconsciousness, or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;
• any other injury: leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or unconsciousness; or requiring resuscitation; or requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours;
• unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to harmful substance or biological agent;
• acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin;
• acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material.

Reportable over-three-day injuries

If there is an accident connected with work (including an act of physical violence) and our employee, or a self-employed person working on our premises, suffers an over-three-day injury we must report it to the enforcing authority within ten days.
An over-3-day injury is one which is not “major” but results in the injured person being away from work OR unable to do their full range of their normal duties for more than three days. We can notify the enforcing authority by telephoning the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23 or completing the appropriate online form (F2508)[3].

Reportable disease

If a doctor notifies us that our employee suffers from a reportable work-related disease, then we must report it to the enforcing authority.
Reportable diseases include:
• certain poisonings;
• some skin diseases such as occupational dermatitis, skin cancer, chrome ulcer, oil folliculitis/acne;
• lung diseases including: occupational asthma, farmer’s lung, pneumoconiosis, asbestosis, mesothelioma;
• infections such as: leptospirosis; hepatitis; tuberculosis; anthrax; legionellosis and tetanus;
• other conditions such as: occupational cancer; certain musculoskeletal disorders; decompression illness and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
• A full list of reportable disease[4]

We can notify the enforcing authority by telephoning the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23 or completing the appropriate online form (F2508A)[5]
Reportable dangerous occurrences (near misses)
If something happens which does not result in a reportable injury, but which clearly could have done, then it may be a dangerous occurrence which must be reported immediately. Just call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23 or complete the appropriate online form[6].
Reportable dangerous occurrences are:
• collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment;
• explosion, collapse or bursting of any closed vessel or associated pipework;
• failure of any freight container in any of its load-bearing parts;
• plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines;
• electrical short circuit or overload causing fire or explosion;
• any unintentional explosion, misfire, failure of demolition to cause the intended collapse, projection of material beyond a site boundary, injury caused by an explosion, accidental release of a biological agent likely to cause severe human illness;
• failure of industrial radiography or irradiation equipment to de-energise or return to its safe position after the intended exposure period;
• malfunction of breathing apparatus while in use or during testing immediately before use;
• failure or endangering of diving equipment, the trapping of a diver, an explosion near a diver, or an uncontrolled ascent;
• collapse or partial collapse of a scaffold over five metres high, or erected near water where there could be a risk of drowning after a fall;
• unintended collision of a train with any vehicle;
• dangerous occurrence at a well (other than a water well);
• dangerous occurrence at a pipeline;
• failure of any load-bearing fairground equipment, or derailment or unintended collision of cars or trains;
• a road tanker carrying a dangerous substance overturns, suffers serious damage, catches fire or the substance is released;
• a dangerous substance being conveyed by road is involved in a fire or released;
• the following dangerous occurrences are reportable except in relation to offshore workplaces: unintended collapse of: any building or structure under construction, alteration or demolition where over five tonnes of material falls; a wall or floor in a place of work; any false-work;
• explosion or fire causing suspension of normal work for over 24 hours;
• sudden, uncontrolled release in a building of: 100 kg or more of flammable liquid; 10 kg of flammable liquid above its boiling point; 10 kg or more of flammable gas; or of 500 kg of these substances if the release is in the open air;
• accidental release of any substance which may damage health.

Additional categories of dangerous occurrences apply to mines, quarries, relevant transport systems (railways etc) and offshore workplaces. Detailed information is provided in the relevant schedules to the regulations[7] and the Guide to RIDDOR[8]
Reportable gas incidents (not applicable to UKV but included for information)
If we are or were to become via our products a distributor, filler, importer or supplier of flammable gas and we learn, either directly or indirectly that someone has died or suffered a ‘major injury’ in connection with the gas you distributed, filled, imported or supplied, then this must be reported immediately. Just call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23 or complete the appropriate online form (F2508G1)[9].

If we are an installer of gas appliances registered with the Council for Registered Installers (Gas Safe Register), we must provide details of any gas appliances or fittings that we consider to be dangerous, to such an extent that people could die or suffer a ‘major injury’, because the design, construction, installation, modification or servicing could result in:

(a) an accidental leakage of gas;
(b) inadequate combustion of gas or;
(c) inadequate removal of products of the combustion of gas.
Just call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 99 23, or complete the appropriate online form (F2508G2)[10].

Please note that the former “RIDDOR Explained: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations” HSE31 (Rev1) has now been withdrawn

REPORTABLE INJURIES UNDER ‘RIDDOR’

Martin Button - Managing Director

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