Reporting Accidents

Reporting Accidents


The Accident Book

Every workplace is required to have an accident book and to record any workplace accidents/incidents.

The accident book can be filled in by anyone on the patient’s behalf, but generally, it is filled in by the first aider.  If they so wish, patients themselves can fill in the accident book.

The accident book is a legal document, and the following should be included in the report:-

  1. The name, address and occupation of the person who was injured
  2. The date, time, location of the accident/incident
  3. The name, address, occupation and signature of the person completing the form, if the form is not being completed by the injured person
  4. Details of any injury
  5. A description of what happened and if possible the cause of the accident/incident


Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

In addition to the accident book, under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR 2013), the employer is required to report the incidents listed in the table below to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Death Reported immediately to the HSE
Dangerous occurrences (e.g fire or explosion which causes work to be halted for over 24hrs) Report immediately to the HSE
Specified injuries (e.g amputations, certain fractures, loss of eyesight, crush injuries etc) Reported immediately to the HSE
Accidents/incidents that cause an injury which requires the employee to be absent from work for more than 7 days Report to the HSE within 15 days
Diseases (e.g occupational cancer, occupational dermatitis etc) Reported to the HSE as soon as practicable


Additional information can be found on the HSE website


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