The Importance of Accident Reports

on Monday, 16 November 2015. Posted in Blog, First Aid, Health & Safety

In this day and age with all of the health and safety regulations in place, your staff’s safety is definitely up there on your list of priorities- but accidents happen. All it takes is for that wet floor sign to topple over causing the domino effect and you're left with very unhappy employees clutching their sore backs.

Filing out an accident report is the standard procedure after an incident, but why do we need them?

  • The law states that employers should keep a record of all work-related accidents, diagnosed cases of disease and dangerous incidents that have occurred and may have caused harm.
  • Keeping a record of accidents can help you to establish hazards that may not have been identified in a risk assessment. This will help you to put measures in place to prevent further incidents from occurring.
  • Recurring accidents from an individual can identify underlying health issues, perhaps that have  that result in dizziness or cause them to become off balance


What details should be included?

  • The details of the injured person
  • The date and time of the incident and where it happened
  • Who was involved
  • Witnesses contact details
  • The events leading up to the incident
  • The cause of the accident- environmental conditions such as slippery floor
  • Details of the injury and its severity
  • The treatment that was given


Important Information

  • To adhere to data protection laws, you must keep personal information secure
  • Accidents of a serious nature should be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) These incidents including major injuries, injuries that result in 7 days absences and death

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