Accidents, Incidents and Near Misses

25th November 2010

It is essential that all accidents and incidents are reported and recorded. This includes any near misses where no injury results, but there was potential.

Ensure you have a system in place to record all incidents and that they are investigated to ascertain what action needs to be taken to prevent a recurrence.
Accidents where injury is sustained must be recorded in the accident book (BI510),

Depending on the severity of the injury it may be necessary to notify the HSE in accordance to RIDDOR (reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences regulations) 1995

How to report to the HSE

  • Call the incident contract centre - 0845 300 9923
  • Report the incident and they will forward you a copy of the details you report.
  • If you are unsure what action to take or whether an incident is reportable call the above number for advice
  • As a guide the following are examples of when an incident, injury, disease or dangerous occurrence requires reporting under RIDDOR


  • Any injury which results in more than 3 days being lost from work
  • Defined major injuries such as broken bones (apart from bones in the hands and feet)
  • Injuries which result in hospitalisation for more than 24 hours
  • Fatalities


  • Certain respiratory diseases e.g. asbestosis, silicosis
  • Dermatitis, leptospirosis
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Vibration white finger

Dangerous Occurrences

  • Collapse of scaffold (defined dimensions)
  • Collapse of structure (defined weight)
  • Electrical Incident
  • Overturning of plant

NOTE : The above list is not exhaustive and you should refer to RIDDOR 1995 for comprehensive guidance

You should also encourage operatives to report all near misses this allows trends to be spotted and procedures to be put in place to reduce the chance of them becoming an accident.

For further advice or guidance please contact us on 01295 275205