The workplace can be a dangerous place. Very often employees suffer serious and life-changing injuries as a consequence of improper safeguards at work.

If you have suffered an injury at work, it might be helpful to know what obligations an employer has to report what happened to you and what other steps should be taken to minimise the risk of a similar event re-occurring. 

RIDDOR stands for the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations which govern who must report accidents at work, and how they must be reported. The rules were put in place in 1995 and subsequently amended in 2013. They impose a duty on employers, including those who are self-employed or those in control of a place of work to report a accidents at work in certain circumstances. 

RIDDOR reports are filed online to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A RIDDOR report must be returned in respect of any fatal accident at work or any other accident at work which involves a reportable injury. 

Reportable injuries includes any injury requiring a hospital stay of 24 hours or more, any injury which renders an individual unable to perform their work duties for seven consecutive days or any injury to a member of the public or someone not on duty which requires hospital treatment. The HSE website contains a full list of reportable incidents. 

RIDDOR reports, or at least details of reported accidents, must be kept by employers for a minimum of 3 years. This assists the information gathering process regarding serious accidents at work and helps employers to manage health and safety risks. 

If you have been involved in a serious accident at work and want to know if your accident has been reported, the HSE should be able to inform you.