These Regulations require reporting of specific accidents, ill health and dangerous occurrences to the enforcing authorities. They include-
This includes an act of non-consensual physical violence done to a person at work. This means the injuries through physical violence to people not at work, injury between workers over personal matters and injury carried out by a visiting relative of a person at work; are not reportable. But if a member of the public cause injury to a person at work through physical violence; that is reportable.
The HSE of local authority shall be notified immediately by the quickest practicable means in any of the following
- DEATH as a result of an accident arising out of or in connection with work.
- Major injuries to a person as a result of an accident arising out of or in connection with work.
- Where there is a dangerous occurrence.
- Any fracture other than to the fingers, thumbs and toes,
- Any amputation,
- Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee and spine,
- Loss of sight (whether temporary or permanent),
- Electric shock or electrical burn,
- Loss of consciousness (cause by exposure), Acute illness etc.
REPORTING DISEASES: This is when a medical practitioner notifies the employer’s responsible; that an employee suffers from a reportable work-related disease. Example of work related diseases are:
- Certain poisonings,
- Some skin diseases such as occupational dermatitis, skin cancer etc.
- Lungs diseases such as occupational asthma,
- Infections such as hepatitis, tuberculosis,
- Other conditions such as occupational cancer, musculoskeletal disorder, hand-arm vibration.
- Lifting machinery
- Pressure system
- Overhead electric lines
- Electric short circuit
- Breathing apparatus
- Biological agents
- Explosion or fire
- Escape of flammable substances
- Escape of substances. etc
Note: A record of each accident reported must be kept at the place of business for at least 3 years.
REMEMBER: SAFETY is every one’s responsibility; so think SAFETY before you do anything.
Views expressed are only those of the authors.
You may share your own views in the comments section.
NOTICE: You can now send us your articles and stories and get published right away. For more details click here.