As much as you may take certain measures to prevent accidents from happening at your workplace, sometimes accidents will still happen. When this happens, it is important that you submit a report to RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) about the accident. There are several reasons why it is important that you make such a report.
1. It is a legal requirement
You are legally required to make such a report when various accidents happen at the work place. The type of injuries that you should report, includes injuries that cause at least a 7 day absence from work, a major injury, death, diseases that come about as a result of the work someone is doing and near misses, such as when someone nearly falls of a ladder when working.
These reports should be made by someone who is in charge of the workplace or employees, such as a manager, supervisor or owner of the business. You are legally required to keep a copy of an accident book containing all the details of the accidents you have reported.
2. More targeted investigations
If you are still wondering why is RIDDOR important, there are many other reasons, including the fact that it will enable government authorities to know whether there is a need to carry out further investigations about the incident, so that they can assess how risks arise and where they arise from.
It will also make it easier for them to carry out investigations, since they will know which specific areas to target. This will save a lot of time that would have been otherwise spent investigating other areas that might not be related to causing accidents.
In addition, when you are considering the importance of RIDDOR, keep in mind that the local authorities will also be in a better position to provide advice on how you can improve your working conditions, so as to minimize risk of the accident happening again. This will only happen if they know what exactly happened and how it happened.
3. For health and safety management
Having a record of previous illnesses and accidents that have taken place in the workplace will make it much easier for the company to identify problem areas and rectify them. This will lead to a much safer working place.
The employer can reduce risks by identifying various hazards and by assessing how various systems and controls work.
4. Creating awareness about workplace safety and risks
Having data to back up the accidents that take place at the workplace is a great way to provide information to both employers and employees. This gives them a chance to assess the risks that they are putting themselves in when they enter into a certain business or when they accept a job. This puts them in a better decision to decide whether it is worth getting into that business.
Being able to track cases of accidents and illnesses also makes it possible for people to see that they need to address risky situations in their places of work. This will prompt them to put in place better health and safety measures, so as to protect the lives of their employees.