What Is RIDDOR And Why Do Injuries Need To Be Reported?

By Max Morris. Last Updated 21st June 2022. In this guide, we will aim to answer the question, “what is RIDDOR?”. The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (2013) is a piece of legislation. It places a duty on employers, the self-employed and those in control of work premises to report certain injuries, illnesses and near-miss incidents.

What is RIDDOR guide

What is RIDDOR? A guide

If you suffer an injury at work (whether it’s covered by RIDDOR or not), you could be compensated. However, this injury must have been caused by the negligence of your employer in order for you to be able to claim.

That means you could claim for a broken elbow, herniated disc or an ankle injury, amongst other injury types. As well as looking at your employer’s responsibilities in relation to RIDDOR, we’ll explain what amount of compensation could be awarded if you make a successful claim.

To help you understand your options, our team of advisors can provide free legal advice about the claims process. During your initial consultation call, your case will be reviewed to see if it has a reasonable chance of success.

If it does, we connect you with a personal injury lawyer from our panel to represent you. If they agree to work on your case, they will do so on a No Win No Fee basis. That means you’ll only have to pay for their work if your claim is a success.

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As a result of RIDDOR, employers, people in control of work premises and the self-employed are required to report:

  • Workplace fatalities.
  • Specified workplace injuries.
  • Certain occupational diseases.
  • Near misses (dangerous incidents that had the potential to cause harm).
  • Injuries that have persisted for longer than 7 days.

If you are injured at work, you could make a personal injury claim if:

  • Your employer’s negligence led to an accident; and
  • You were injured in that accident; and
  • You’re within the three-year time limit for claiming.

Not all accidents need to be reported to RIDDOR. It’s therefore important to state that you could be compensated whether your injury was reportable or not.

Furthermore, we know many employees have concerns about taking legal action against their employer. However, this isn’t something to be concerned about.

Legally, you are entitled to make a claim without the fear of being sacked or disciplined. If you have suffered because of pursuing a claim, you could start a separate constructive or unfair dismissal claim.

Please call today if you have any questions about the claims process. One of our advisors will be happy to offer you free legal advice about claiming.

What Is The Main Purpose Of RIDDOR?

The main reason RIDDOR exists is so that organisations like the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) can keep an eye on the number of accidents and incidents at work that have the potential to cause harm. The HSE is a government agency responsible for regulating and enforcing workplace health and safety.

To comply with RIDDOR, employers, the self-employed or those responsible for workplaces must report most types of incidents without delay. The report must be made within 10 days of the incident occurring.

Any injury that lasts over 7-days must be reported within 15 days of the incident. This should be done via the appropriate online form.

If the accident in which you were injured was caused by your employer’s negligence, you might be eligible to claim. Some examples of breaches that might allow you to claim include:

  • A lack of training.
  • Insufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Unrepaired or damaged equipment.
  • Tiredness caused by a lack of rest brakes.

Please get in touch if you’d like to know more about making a claim for compensation. One of our advisors could connect you with a solicitor from our panel to work on your claim.

Why Is RIDDOR Important?

If RIDDOR didn’t exist, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may find it difficult to track the rate of workplace accidents, injuries and occupational diseases. Because of RIDDOR, accident trends can be monitored.

This allows investigations into how each accident occurred to be carried out. It also means the HSE can produce training materials to try and prevent similar accidents from occurring. While the HSE can take action against companies that get things wrong, they also provide a lot of guidance and advice on avoiding injuries and illness at work.

RIDDOR Statistics

As you can see from the graph below, the most common accident reported under RIDDOR in 2020/21 was slips, trips and falls.

What is RIDDOR statistics graph

It’s important to note that the injuries that employers report to RIDDOR are not necessarily related to negligence. Therefore, the statistics outlined here may not relate to potentially successful compensation claims.

These figures relate to non-fatal accidents. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident at work, please call to discuss accidental death compensation claims.

RIDDOR Responsibilities

Let’s now look at responsibilities linked to RIDDOR:

Employees Responsibility

It’s important to note that it isn’t within the employee’s responsibilities to make a RIDDOR report if a workplace accident has occurred. Due to them being more aware of RIDDOR, the employer’s responsibilities should include reporting particular incidents to them.

If you’re involved in an accident and are concerned that the responsible person did not make a required report, you can ask them whether they have reported. You can also notify your Trade Union representative. If you’re still concerned that a report has not properly been made, you can raise this to HSE.

Employers Responsibility

If an accident occurs in the workplace that falls under RIDDOR, the employer must report it. This must be done within the allowable time limits and can be done using the online reporting tool.

If you have suffered following an accident at work, you don’t need to wait for a RIDDOR report before starting a claim. If you call our team, they’ll review your case. They can also let you know your chances of being compensated for the harm you were caused.

What Must Be Reported Under RIDDOR?

The next two sections will clarify what incidents and injuries need to be reported using RIDDOR. According to the HSE, the following would all count as an accident under RIDDOR meaning they would need to be reported:

  • Amputations
  • Any injury that would likely cause sight loss or reduction of sight.
  • Fractures, other than toes, thumbs and fingers.
  • Serious burns (including scalding) which cover more than 10% of the body or that cause significant respiratory system damage, eye damage or other vital organ damage.
  • Any head or torso crush injury that causes brain or internal organ damage.
  • Asphyxia or any head injury that causes loss of consciousness.
  • Scalping that requires hospital treatment.
  • Any other injury that is due to working in an enclosed space that leads to heat-induced illness or hypothermia or that requires admittance to the hospital for a longer period of time than 24 hours or resuscitation.

This gives an extensive overview of the RIDDOR injuries that need to reported. However, there are other events that your employer would also need to report, which you can see below.

What Else Must Be Reported Under RIDDOR?

Other types of reportable incidents include:

  • All deaths to non-workers or workers must be reported if they are caused by a work-related accident. This can include an act of physical violence. However, suicides do not need to be reported.
  • Accidents that have resulted in a self-employed person or employee being unable to conduct their normal work role consecutively for seven days. This includes rest days and weekends.
  • Non-fatal accidents to non-workers (such as members of the public) if they cause an injury where the person is taken directly from the accident scene to hospital for treatment for that injury. If no injury is apparent, this does not need to be reported.
  • Occupational diseases such as carpal tunnel syndrome and occupational asthma.
  • Dangerous occurrences. These are specified near-miss events. There are 27 categories of occurrences that are considered dangerous that would need reporting. This includes the collapse, failure or overturning of lifts and any substance being accidentally released that could lead to an injury.
  • Gas incidents. An example of this would be if there is an accidental leakage of gas.

To learn more about claiming if you’ve suffered from RIDDOR injuries, please contact us for free legal advice using the above details.

Compensation Payouts For Work Accidents Reported under RIDDOR

Now this guide has explained what must be reported under RIDDOR, this section will clarify how much you could receive from a successful workplace accident claim.

There are two potential heads of losses when making a claim. General damages relate to the physical and psychological injuries that have been caused as a result of third-party negligence. The Judicial College Guidelines give you a clearer idea of what you could receive for this. The figures below have been taken from their latest publication in 2022. This information has been taken from successful claims payouts in England and Wales.

Please remember that figures like these are not guaranteed as your compensation amount is determined by factors including the extent of the injury and how badly the injury has negatively impacted you. As part of the claims process, an independent medical assessment will be performed to determine the nature of your injuries.

Injury TypeSeverityCompensation BracketExtra Information
Foot(c) Very severe£83,960 to £109,650This bracket covers foot injuries that result in severe permanent pain or very serious permanent disability.
Hand(d) Amputation£61,910 to £90,750Where the amputation of the index and middle fingers results in the hand being of very little use.
Hand(e) Serious£29,000 to £61,910Injuries like this will reduce the hand to around 50 per cent capacity.
Back(a) Severe (iii)£38,780 to £69,730Disc fractures or lesions causing chronic conditions where disabilities remain after treatment.
Back(c) Minor (ii)£2,450 to £4,350This covers soft tissue damage injuries where recovery is usually complete between three months to a year.
Chest Injuries(c)£31,310 to £54,830Damage to the lungs and chest that causes permanent disability. This could be relevant to industrial illness claims.
Neck(b) Moderate (i)£24,990 to £38,490
These types of injuries will cause severe symptoms immediately and might require spinal fusion.
Leg(c) Less serious£17,960 to £27,760This compensation range is for soft tissue injuries or fractures that result in an incomplete recovery.
Neck(b) Moderate (ii)£13,740 to £24,990
Wrenching-type injuries or severe disc lesions that cause symptoms such as serious movement limitation.
Shoulder(c) Moderate£7,890 to £12,770For injuries that cause limited movement for around 2-years.

You may also be able to claim for special damages. These relate to the losses you’ve suffered financially due to the injury. You could claim for losses like:

  • Travel expenses
  • Loss of earnings
  • Care costs
  • Adjustments to your home

You would need evidence, such as bank statements and receipts, to show the value of the losses. To learn more about this, please contact us for free using the above details.

Talk To Us About What RIDDOR Is

If you would like to claim for a work-related accident, we’re ready to help. If your claim is accepted, a solicitor from our panel could represent you on a No Win No Fee basis. That means you won’t need to pay for their work in advance or while it’s ongoing. Additionally, you won’t pay them if your case fails.

Instead, you’ll pay a success fee if your case is won. Your contract will explain the success fee you’ll pay in the event that you’re awarded compensation. Don’t worry, though, because there’s a legal cap on the percentage that can be deducted.

To see if you could use a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor from our panel, you can:

  • Call 0800 408 7825 to discuss your case with a specialist.
  • Ask for advice on how to claim using our live chat service.
  • Complete this online contact form to request a callback.

What Is RIDDOR? Learn More Here

Here are some more resources and guides that might be useful:

Your Rights After An Accident At Work – This article looks at what rights you have following a workplace accident.

Claiming For A Minor Injury At Work – Explains when you could be compensated because you injured your back at work.

Lost Wages Claim – Here we look at when you could claim back any earnings lost after an injury at work.

Employment Contracts – Government information on what should be in your contract of employment.

Workplace Machinery – HSE guidance on the safety of workplace machinery and equipment.

Occupational Health – Advice on how to access occupational health services at work.

Hopefully, this article has answered the question, “What is RIDDOR?”. Please get in touch for more information.

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