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Rule changes for reporting accidents at work

Every employer has a responsibility when it comes to reporting accidents at work, as set out by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).

In October 2013, these rules were updated to make it easier for companies to understand what their obligations are. If you are injured as a result of your employer’s failure to adhere to these rules, you are likely to be eligible for compensation.

What has changed?

The alterations have been brought in as part of an effort to make reporting guidelines clearer than they have been up to this point.

A list of ‘specified injuries’ (i.e. workplace injuries that must be reported) has replaced the potentially ambiguous ‘classification of major injuries’, while there are now fewer ‘dangerous occurrences’ that require reporting.

In addition, the previously cited collection of 47 ‘reportable industrial diseases’ has been changed to eight categories of ‘work related illnesses’.

As well as RIDDOR, the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations (FAR) require businesses to have the correct equipment, facilities and trained personnel available to deal with anyone who is injured or becomes ill at work.

However, whereas until now the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been available to approve all first aid providers, the responsibility for ensuring compliance in this area now rests solely with the employer.

Compensation for accidents at work

The revision of these guidelines to provide extra clarity means there is now no excuse for employers not to record the incident if you suffer from an accident at work.

These records will be helpful when it comes to making a claim for compensation, increasing your chances of success.

Croftons Solicitors have an excellent track record of pursuing workplace injury and industrial disease claims, so call us free on 0800 2800 094 or fill in our online form to see if we can help you.

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