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Health and safety - investigating workplace accidents

Our Health and Safety team will investigate certain types of workplace accidents. This is to find out what may have caused it and to help prevent a similar accident happening again.

Who can report an accident

Employers and other ‘responsible persons’ (people who have control over employees and work premises), have a duty to report:

  • certain accidents
  • occupational diseases, and
  • dangerous incidents (both fatal and non-fatal).

Under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), employers should report these types of accidents to their enforcing authority. This will be either ourselves or the Health and Safety Executive. Find out more about who is responsible.

For a list of the types of incidents you should report, please go to the Health and Safety Executive’s website

How to report an accident

The employer must report the accident.

If you are the employer, you can report it online:

Report an accident now

If the incident is serious (for example, there is a fatality), you must report it immediately.

Page Last Updated: Friday, 02 February 2024 at 04:45 PM