Whether you’ve been injured in a supermarket, in a road accident or been injured at work, part of making any personal injury claim is proving how the accident happened, proving the accident wasn’t your fault and how you were injured. This is why it is important to report accidents and incidents that occur in the workplace. But it isn’t the only reasons to report an accident at work.
This guide gives you all the information you need to know about making a workplace accident report, as well as explaining what types of accidents you should report. We also provide information about who is responsible for reporting accidents on-site at work, and what sort of information should be used in an accident report.
If you’d like to ask us anything about reporting an injury at work, or you believe you could have a valid compensation claim, you can call our team for advice and guidance directly on 0800 408 7825. We’d be happy to check your eligibility to make a claim. We could even connect you with a personal injury solicitor who could assist you.
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- A Guide To Why It Is Important To Report Accidents In The Workplace
- What Are Work Injuries And Why Is It Important To Report An Injury At Work?
- What Could My Compensation Settlement Be Worth?
- Why Should Accident Report Books Be Filled In?
- What Is RIDDOR And Which Incidents Are Reportable?
- Do You Have To Report Certain Incidents Or Injuries Under RIDDOR?
- Why Do People Not Report Their Accidents Or Injuries?
- Workplace Health And Safety Statistics
- No Win No Fee Claims For Reported Accidents And Injuries At Work
- How To Start Your Claim
- Quick References
If you’re wondering why it is important to report accidents and incidents that occur in the workplace, you might want to consider what criteria you’d have to fulfil to have a valid claim.
- Firstly, you’d have to prove that your employer had a duty of care towards your safety. This is where the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 could come into play.
- Secondly, you’d have to prove that your employer had not undertaken their legal duty towards you to protect your health and safety at work. This could be considered a breach of duty.
- Thirdly, you’d have to prove that you’d been avoidably injured due to your employer’s breach of their legal duty towards your health and safety at work. This is where a workplace accident report could be vital.
Not only could an accident at work report form help you prove that you’d suffered injuries in an accident at work, but it could also provide vital proof of how the accident happened. We should also point out that by law, an employer has to report certain accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace under RIDDOR. RIDDOR is an anacronym for The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
In the sections below, we take a look at the reporting of workplace injuries in more detail. We explain why it is important to report accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace from both a future accident prevention perspective but also from the perspective of someone who wishes to claim compensation for such an incident. We also describe the procedure for reporting and recording accidents at work. We answer questions such as:
- Why should we prevent incidents?
- Why is it important to investigate accidents?
- What is a typical accident reporting procedure and what information should be recorded?
- Why is it important to review the accident book?
We also look at how compensation payouts are calculated for injuries, and how to find a personal injury lawyer to help you without you having to pay legal fees upfront. We hope you find this guide useful, but if you need further guidance or wish to begin a compensation claim, we’d be happy to offer further guidance over the phone.
As we mentioned in the first section of this guide, your employer has a legal duty to look after the safety and the health of those employed by them under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. There are many ways an employer could put in place measures to protect you from harm, and these could differ depending on the job you do and where you undertake your work.
It could include:
- Completing regular risk assessments of both the workplace and your job and acting on the findings to reduce risks as much as could be considered reasonable.
- Signposting or removing hazards in the workplace.
- Training you to do your job safely. For example, this may be manual handling training if you are required to lift items as part of your job.
- Providing adequate, well-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Ensuring machinery and other tools are regularly checked and kept in a good state of repair.
If you suffer an injury at work due to your employer’s failure to undertake their responsibilities towards your health and safety, you may be able to claim compensation against them.
To do so, you’d have to have evidence proving the injury happened. This is why it is important to report accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace. Failing to report an injury at work could mean you don’t have proof that it happened, which could hinder your chances of receiving compensation.
If you’re wondering why is it important to report injuries if you’re not planning on making a claim, you might want to consider what could happen if you don’t report an accident at work. If you don’t report an accident at work due to a trip hazard for example, and your colleague later trips on the same hazard, this could be considered an avoidable incident. Your employer also has a legal duty to report certain types of incidents/injuries under RIDDOR, which we discuss in more detail further on in this guide.
Calculating compensation for personal injury claims is quite complex. Your compensation settlement compromises of general damages (the amount you’d receive for your suffering, loss of amenity and pain caused by your injuries) and special damages which account for losses and expenses. It could also take into account your prognosis, including whether further medical treatment could be required and the effect your injuries could have on your ability to work.
This is why a personal injury claims calculator would only give you an extremely rough idea of how much your claim could be worth. After all, it cannot take into account all the medical evidence and specific circumstances surrounding your case.
Below, we have provided a compensation claim payout table, with figures from the Judicial College Guidelines. This could give you an idea of the bracket your injuries could fall into. If your injury isn’t included in the table, please call us for further guidance. We’d be happy to look up how much your injury could be worth according to such guidelines.
Injury Compensation Bracket Notes
Moderate foot injuries £12,900 to £23,460 Displaced metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent deformity.
Severe arm injuries £90,250 to £122,860 fall short of amputation but which are extremely serious injuries.
Wrist Injuries £22,990 to £36,770 Significant permanent disability.
Serious hand injuries £27,220 to £58,100 Reduced the hand to about 50 per cent capacity.
What Is The Difference Between Special And General Damages?
As we mentioned, the compensation you could receive for the pain and suffering you’ve experienced would be referred to as general damages. However, you could also be eligible to claim special damages for an accident in the workplace. Special damages are designed to compensate claimants for financial harm they’ve suffered because of their injuries, including:
- Income loss
- Medical expenses
- Care costs
- Travel expenses
To prove you’ve experienced financial harm due to your injuries, you could provide receipts, payslips and bank statements. It would be wise to keep these in a safe place so they could be handed over to your lawyer when they request them.
An accident book, put simply, is a record of any accidents/injuries at work that people have suffered. Incidents that could be recorded in the accident books could include:
- Trips and slips
- Serious illnesses
- Serious accidents
- Serious injuries
Someone within the workplace should have the responsibility of recording injuries in the accident book. The information they should note down could include:
- The time and the date of the accident.
- The job title and name of those affected by the accident.
- Details of what has happened. This should include what caused the accident, what injuries were sustained and what treatment was given. It should also include details of whether the person was taken to hospital or sent for further medical care elsewhere.
- The signature and name of the person recording the accident/who performed first aid.
Why Is It Important To Record Injuries In The Workplace In An Accident Book?
Not only could recording injuries in the workplace in an accident book be important from a personal injury claims perspective, but accidents and near-misses should be reviewed as part of a robust health and safety policy so that an employer can take steps to prevent accidents happening again.
RIDDOR, as we mentioned, stands for The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. It gives employers a duty to report specific types of workplace injuries, dangerous occurrences (near misses), and occupational diseases. If you’re wondering why it is important to report accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace to RIDDOR, this is so that the Health and Safety Executive could monitor incidents and employers that it may need to investigate.
Who Should Report under RIDDOR?
Responsible persons that should make reports under RIDDOR include:
- An employer
- Someone in control of premises
- An injured person
- An employee
- A representative of an injured person
- A gas engineer/supplier
Reportable incidents include:
- Gas incidents
- Injuries and deaths in workplace accidents
- Occupational diseases
- Dangerous Occurrences
- Biological agents, carcinogens and mutagens
- Specified injuries to workers
We mentioned the types of incidents that should be reported to RIDDOR in the section above. When it comes to injuries that could be reported to RIDDOR, these potentially include:
- The death of a person
- Serious burns (including scalds) covering over 10% of the body or that cause damage to organs, eyes, or respiratory symptoms
- Fractures, not including those to toes, thumbs and fingers
- Injuries leading to reduction of or loss of sight (permanent)
- Crush injuries to the torso or head leading to brain or internal organ damage
- Scalping that requires treatment at the hospital
- Loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia or head injury
- Injuries caused by working in confined/enclosed space if they lead to hypothermia or heat-related illnesses, or require hospitalisation over 24 hours or resuscitation
Now we have answered the question of ‘why is it important to report an injury at work?’, you may begin to wonder why there are incidents that go unreported. After all, not only could reporting an accident or injury at work help to prove a personal injury claim, but it could also help an employer investigate the reasons behind an incident so they could prevent it from happening again.
Here, we look at possible reasons why people may not report an accident:
- They may fear being treated differently by their employer if they report it – this should not be a consideration that employees have to make. There is legislation in place to protect employees who report incidents at work, so you should not be treated any differently.
- They may worry that the process is complicated and time-consuming – but making an initial accident report doesn’t take a long time to do. When it comes to filing a claim, there could be time and effort involved, but a No Win No Fee solicitor could take on all that work for you, which could leave you free to concentrate on moving forward after an accident at work.
- They may think their employer would not be able to afford to pay for a claim. Employers should, however, have employee liability insurance to cover the costs of your claim.
One reason why it is important to report accidents and injuries that occur in the workplace is so the Health And Safety Executive could include such reports within their statistics. These statistics could help drive health and safety policy, which could make workplaces safer places to be. Some of the most recent statistics for Health and Safety at work were published by the HSE for 2019 and include the following figures:
- In 2018/19 there were 1.4million work-related cases of ill-health (new or long-standing)
- In the same period, 0.6 million cases of work-related depression, anxiety or stress were recorded (new or long-standing)
- 498,000 people reported new or long-standing musculoskeletal disorders
- 147 workers were killed while at work in 2018/19
- The most common workplace accident cause was a slip, trip or fall (on the same level)
No matter what type of accident you’ve had, and whether it was reportable to the HSE or not, it is important to report it to a responsible person at work. This way, you could have evidence that you’ve suffered injuries in a workplace accident.
These are what are known as No Win No Fee payment terms. No Win No Fee solicitors usually follow the process below:
- Your solicitor would request that you’d sign a conditional fee agreement. This would specific a success fee that you’d pay if your claim is successful. The fee is capped and usually represents a percentage of your eventual settlement.
- Your solicitor would proceed with your claim. If they achieved a payout for you, their success fee would be deducted from your settlement.
- If the solicitor didn’t achieve a payout for you, you wouldn’t pay the success fee. Claimants whose claims have not led to a payout don’t have to pay the costs that the lawyer has incurred while building their case either.
If you would like to know how to find such a lawyer, our team could help to connect you with one. We could also answer any questions you might have about making a claim.
Do you want to start a claim for an accident at work that you’ve been injured in? If so, we could assess your case to clarify whether you could be eligible to make a claim, and we could also connect you with a solicitor to help you. To get in touch, simply:
- Call 0800 408 7825
- Use our contact form to get in touch
- Or, why not use our live chat service?
The Limitation Act – This act dictates the personal injury claims time limit for certain claims.
A Simple Guide To Business Health And Safety – The HSE has produced a guide to help businesses.
First Aid At Work – This guide talks about first aid provision in the workplace.
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Accidents In A Public Place – If you’ve been injured in a public place, you could make public injury claims against someone’s public liability insurance. We provide insight into these claims here.
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Claims Against The Council – Here, you can read about making council accident claims.
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