Accident investigations at work

An accident is defined as an incident at work, or as a result of a work activity which causes injury.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) set out which accidents you must report to the appropriate Enforcing Authority. You can check who enforces Health and Safety at your premises in the Health and Safety (Enforcing Authority) Regulations 1998: A-Z guide to allocation.

The following must be reported:

  • Injuries which cause the death of any person major injuries to your employees or another company's employees
  • Injuries to persons not at work (such as members of the public), which cause that person to be taken from the site of the accident to the hospital (these must always be reported, regardless of the injury)
  • Injuries which result in an employee being absent from work or prevented from doing their normal work for more than 7 consecutive days, and
  • Specified Industrial Diseases, and specified Dangerous Occurrences

Accidents must be reported to the Health and Safety Executive - RIDDOR website.