Accident Management

Every year people are killed or injured at work. Over 40 million working days are lost annually through work-related accidents and illnesses.

Recent figures show that an average of 250 employees and self-employed people are killed each year as a result of accidents in the workplace. A further 150,000 sustain major injuries or injuries that mean they are absent from work for more than three days. Over 2.3 million cases of ill health are caused or made worse by work. According to the Labour Force Survey, over 40 million working days are lost through work-related injuries and ill health, at a cost to business of £2.5 billion.

Action after Accidents

An effective investigation requires a methodical, structured approach to information gathering, collation and analysis. The findings of the investigation will form the basis of an action plan to prevent the accident or incident from happening again and for improving your overall management of risk. Your findings will also point to areas of your risk assessments that need to be reviewed. This link with risk assessment(s) is a legal duty.

There are hazards in all workplaces; risk control measures are put in place to reduce the risks to an acceptable level to prevent accidents and cases of ill health. The fact that an adverse event has occurred suggests that the existing risk control measures were inadequate.

Learning lessons from near misses can prevent costly accidents. (The Clapham Junction rail crash and the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry capsize were both examples of situations where management had failed to recognise, and act on, previous failings in the system.) You need to investigate adverse events for a number of reasons.

Steps to take following an adverse event

Emergency response:

  • take prompt emergency action (e.g. first aid);
  • make the area safe (in some cases this may need to be done first).

Initial report:

  • preserve the scene;
  • note the names of the people, equipment involved and the names of the witnesses;
  • report the adverse event to the person responsible for health and safety who will decide what further action (if any) is needed.

Initial assessment and investigation response:

  • report the adverse event to the regulatory authority if appropriate.
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For those accidents and dangerous occurrences that are reportable under the provisions of RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995), this information must be notified to the enforcing authority.

Whether you are HSE or LA-enforced, to make a report, go to

A telephone service can be used to report fatal and major injuries only – call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

You must also keep a record of the reports you make that are required under RIDDOR. You can do this by:

  • keeping a copy of the form;
  • recording the incident in the accident book;
  • recording the incident electronically.

You also need to enter details of the accident in an accident book. And, you need to decide on the scale of the investigation. Where appropriate, decide who will carry out the investigation, the resources required and brief the investigation team.

Note: The prompt notification of RIDDOR reportable events is a legal requirement. Do not wait until you have carried out a thorough investigation before you report it. Fatalities and major injuries (as defined in RIDDOR) must be reported immediately. Those accidents

where employees have been absent from work (or moved to other duties as a result of the accident) for greater than three days must be reported within ten days of the accident date. Where a death has occurred the police may take charge and they should be notified immediately. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RIDDOR CLICK HERE

At FutureSure we ensure you have suitable systems in place to record your accidents and near misses and that you have implemented sufficient procedures for accident investigation and reporting. Including documenting RIDDOR reporting and analysing root cause/s of accidents/incidents.

In the unfortunate event of an accident or incident FutureSure can help you ensure that you have investigated thoroughly, identified all risks, analysed the root cause and implemented additional controls to mitigate the risk in future. We can also help you in your reporting to the HSE and in any subsequent investigations by the HSE or other governing body.

Don’t leave it till it’s too late. Make sure you have sufficient systems in place to keep your staff, clients, contractors and other site users are as safe as possible.

Make sure you record all accidents, incidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences and investigate them properly so they are less likely to happen again in future.

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