Reporting Accidents at Work
Your employer has a duty to report any workplace injuries that result in a member of staff being off work for more than three days, regardless of who was at fault. From October 2013, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) will change the way certain incidents are reported.
These alterations are summarised below:
- Major injuries will be classified differently and replaced with a smaller collection of ‘specified injuries’.
- Currently, there are 47 types of industrial disease that can lead to a claim. This has now been divided into eight categories of various conditions, all of which must still be reported.
- It has also been decided that fewer ‘dangerous occurrences’ will be eligible to receive compensation. This makes it more important than ever to speak to personal injury experts such as Sheldon Davidson Solicitors.
Why is this data important?
It is in your best interests to keep an eye on whether or not your employer recorded your accident when it happened.
This data can prove invaluable if you wish to make a compensation claim, as it is proof that the incident did occur.
It could also reveal more regarding the measures taken by your employer to create a safe working environment. For example, if an accident book features injuries that occurred under similar circumstances, it may be the case that your employer has not done enough to minimise risk in the workplace.
The most recent figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 1.1 million people suffered from an industrial illness in 2011/12, while 212,000 injuries forced employees to miss work for three days or more.
Many of these people will have had a legitimate case for compensation, so if you have an accident at work you should speak to Sheldon Davidson Solicitors as soon as possible to find out if you are eligible to make a claim.