The following injuries will be reported by the Health and Safety Department to the Health and Safety Executive under RIDDOR when they result from a work-related accident:
- The death of any person
- Injuries to workers which result in an employee being absent from work for 8 days or more (including rest days) or unable to perform their normal duties as a result of their injury
- Injuries to non-workers which result in them being taken directly to hospital for treatment, or specified injuries to non-workers which occur on hospital premises
Specified injuries to employees
The list of ‘specified injuries’ in RIDDOR 2013 includes:
- fractures, other than to fingers, thumbs and toes
- any injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight or reduction in sight
- any crush injury to the head or torso causing damage to the brain or internal organs
- serious burns (including scalding) which covers more than 10% of the body or causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory system or other vital organs
- any scalping requiring hospital treatment
- any loss of consciousness caused by head injury or asphyxia
- any other injury arising from working in an enclosed space which leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness; or requires resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
Over-seven-day incapacitation of an employee
Accidents must be reported where they result in an employee being away from work, or unable to perform their normal work duties, for more than seven consecutive days as the result of their injury. This seven day period does not include the day of the accident, but does include weekends and rest days. The report must be made by the Health and Safety Department within 15 days of the accident.
Non-worker accidents resulting in hospital treatment (eg members of the public, students)
Accidents to members of the public or others who are not at work must be reported if they result in an injury and the person is taken directly from the scene of the accident to hospital for treatment to that injury. Examinations and diagnostic tests do not constitute ‘treatment’ in such circumstances.
The University is not required to report incidents where people are taken to hospital purely as a precaution when no injury is apparent.
See also Reportable Diseases, Exposure to Carcinogens, Mutagens and Biological Agents and Dangerous Occurrences if applicable.