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New reporting arrangements for accidents at work have come into force

The Health and Safety Executive recently announced new reporting arrangements

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19 September 2011

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently announced that from 12th September 2011, statutory reporting to HSE of work-related injuries and incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) was moving to a predominantly on-line system. The HSE say that the revised online forms will make the reporting process quick and easy. Businesses will no longer report incidents by email, post or fax.

Reporting accidents at work

This latest change comes after the HSE board agreed to propose other alterations to the accident reporting regime. At its meeting in August 2011 the board decided to recommend an extension to the reporting threshold to ministers.  This change was first mooted by Lord Young in his report, Common Sense, Common Safety and was followed by a public consultation on the issue. The proposed change means that businesses will only have to report a workplace injury if the person affected has been away from the workplace for more than seven days rather than three. Businesses will still have to record injuries affecting employees who have been away from work for three days.

Some concerns were raised during the public consultation about the HSE’s ability to see trends in accident rates without the statistics that were previously supplied to the HSE.  The board accepted a proposal to recommend the extension but proposed a review in three years to check for any negative impact on injury rates or RIDDOR reporting. Amendments to RIDDOR will be laid before Parliament next February and the changes are likely to come into force in April 2012.

Health and safety solicitor Zahra Nanji comments:

“The proposed changes to RIDDOR to report injuries which incapacitate people for over seven days will lead to a much less accurate picture of workplace accidents.  Poor safety practices by certain companies may go un-noticed.   Injuries where, for example, an employee breaks a leg or arm and struggles back to work before the seven day period expires, will no longer be reported and independently recorded. This could lead to repeat offenders avoiding independent scrutiny. “

Health and safety solicitors

Leigh Day & Co lawyers are experts in handling claims for accidents at work such as may occur in a factory, on a construction site or even in the office or at school or college.

Each year thousands of people have an accident at work in the UK who may be entitled to claim compensation. Many of them suffer terrible injuries that can destroy their lives and those of their families. Our team of specialist personal injury lawyers has extensive experience in handling compensation claims for people who have suffered catastrophic injuries, including amputation, severe brain injuries and spinal injuries.

Injuries at work happen for number of reasons, often because the employer has breached one of a number of laws covering health and safety at work.  Leigh Day & Co solicitors are experts at successfully representing people who have been injured at work in their claims for compensation.

To speak to one of our lawyers about a possible claim for compensation please phone 020 7650 1200 or fill in our online enquiry form.

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