Factsheet - Accident Reporting

Accident Facts

The cost of a serious accident far outweighs the cost of prevention.

The annual cost to UK business of workplace injury and illness is estimated to be £8 billion.

[Source: IOSH May 2011]

Why report an accident or incident?

  1. So that an investigation can be made with a view to preventing a similar event.
  2. To enable the identification of trends of similar events across the organisation.
  3. It is a legal requirement to report certain accidents and incidents.

An accident is an event that results in injury or ill health.

An incident (or near miss) is an event that, while not causing harm, has the potential to cause injury or ill health.

A dangerous occurrence is an incident specifically defined in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)

[Source: HSG 245 Investigating Accidents]

2014/2015 Statistics:

  1. 142 workers were killed at work.
  2. 78,000 other injuries were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 293 per 100,000 workers.
  3. 152,000 injuries led to over 7-day absence.
  4. There were 13,000 work related deaths due to cancers, respiratory disease and other occupational illnesses.

[Source: Health and Safety Executive]

Accident Reporting

Accident reporting workflow

How to report

  1. For fatalities, specified injuries and dangerous occurrences, notify by quickest means. RIDDOR report within 15 days.
  2. For seven day injuries report within 15 days.
  3. Report online at or by phone 0845 300 9923.


Legal requirement:

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) require employer to report certain accidents and incidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

What needs to be reported:

  1. Work-related accidents including deaths, specified injuries to workers as listed in RIDDOR, over seven day injuries to workers, injuries to non-workers (e.g. members of public).
  2. Reportable occupational diseases.
  3. Reportable dangerous occurrences and gas incidents.

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