What is an accident book?
Every employer is required by law to maintain an accident book in the workplace as part of the ‘Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)’.
This is an important log that records details of any accidents that occur in your place of work. In the event of an accident at work you should report this to your line manager who will be responsible for making an entry in the book. If it’s not done straight away then be sure to chase your employer as this could be used as evidence if you intend to make a claim for compensation.
Typical information recorded in the accident would be name, address, job title, accident date, accident time and accident info. It is also useful information for the employer to see the frequency of certain types of accidents with a view to making safety improvements in their workplace.
The information reported in work accident books allows the enforcing authorities to identify the reasons and causes behind the accident.
With this information, the enforcing authorities are able to help and provide information on how to reduce the risk of injury in the workplace.
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What should be included in the accident book?
- The date of when the report is being made
- The method of reporting
- The date time and place of the event
- Personal details of those involved
- A brief description of the event
If you are an employee who has obtained an injury at work, or who has been certified by a doctor that you have a work related illness, you must inform your employer straight away, as they are responsible for reporting in the accident book.