Amendments to accident reporting

The long-heralded changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) have finally taken effect.

From 6 April, the over three days category of reportable injury has changed to over seven days. Note that the period refers to incapacity from normal work, and includes any annual leave or off-shift days on which the person was incapacitated. If the person remains at work but is given light duties, this too is regarded as incapacity from normal work. The period by which employers must report such injuries has been extended from ten to fifteen days after the incident.

Note that there remains a duty to keep records of over three day injuries but this is easily complied with by ensuring that an entry is made in the employer’s accident book, itself a requirement of the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1979. See “Publications’’ item below.

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