After an accident occurs, it is important that it is reported properly. In most cases, accidents only need to be reported internally, i.e. kept within the company or organisation. However, there are certain types of accident that need to be reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), or the Local Authority. These ‘statutory reportable cases’ are found in a piece of health and safety law known as the Reporting of Injury Disease and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
This law requires employers to report certain accidents by telephone (or via the internet) within 24 hours of the accident occurring. Also, the accident should be reported to the authority on a special form and submitted within 7 days of the accident.