Accident Investigation and Reporting

Incidents and accidents sometimes happen in the workplace. Some of these require reporting to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and most require investigation to prevent recurrence.

 


Safety Concepts offers a comprehensive accident / incident investigation service which will help you get to the root cause of the accident and enable you to plan to prevent recurrence.

We can also advise on whether any accident or incident at your workplace is reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), and help you in reporting it.

FAQs

  1. 1
    Why should I carry out an accident investigation?

    An accident investigation is not designed to apportion blame. By definition, an accident is an unintended event – blaming an individual does not help anyone, and usually there is not one single reason for the occurrence.

    An accident investigation will help you to identify why any existing control measures failed and what you can do to rectify that. You will be able to plan properly to ensure there is no recurrence. It may show you areas where your risk assessment needs review and will improve your control of risks in the future. 

  2. 2
    What is the difference between and accident and an incident?

    The HSE defines accidents and incidents as follows:

    • accident: an event that results in injury or ill health
    • incident
      • near miss: an event not causing harm, but has the potential to cause injury or ill health (in this guidance, the term near miss will include dangerous occurrences)
      • undesired circumstance: a set of conditions or circumstances that have the potential to cause injury or ill health, eg untrained nurses handling heavy patients
    • dangerous occurrence: one of a number of specific, reportable adverse events, as defined in the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
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