How to record, investigate and report accidents and near misses
It is important to be prepared for accidents and near misses in your organisation and to make sure your employees know what to do if one unfortunately does take place.
There are three key stages that you need to be aware of and plan for. Use the links below to find information on each of these steps.
It is important that all staff, contractors and workers know how to report an incident and to whom. The person receiving a report should also know what is expected of them.
You may use a form for this, or advertise another route in your workplace, for example an internal phone number to a person who will record the details and pass them on for analysis and investigation.
You do not always need to report accidents or near misses to the health and safety authorities. Cases when you do are covered by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).
You can find information on types of reportable incidents on the
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) site. They also have examples of reportable incidents .
A RIDDOR report has to be submitted by the designated responsible person in your organisation. This can be
In most cases a RIDDOR report should be submitting using an online form.
If someone has been killed or if specified and major incidents have occurred then the HSE's Incident Contact Centre can be called via telephone.
Visit the HSE site for details of how to make a RIDDOR report
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