Incident Reporting and Investigation

Why is Incident Reporting and Investigation important?

Recording the numbers and types of work-related accidents and ill-health cases are one means of monitoring the success of health and safety procedures in your workplace. They are also an indicator of areas where more effort may be required to reduce the number of injuries and work-related illnesses in your workplace. Therefore, it is vital that all injuries and work-related illnesses, however small or minor, are reported and an investigation is undertaken to identify means of avoiding repetition.

What is an accident, incident, near miss or work-related illness?

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines these as the following:

  • An accident is an event that results in injury or ill health
  • An incident includes near misses and undesired circumstances
  • A near miss is an event that does not cause harm but has the potential to cause injury or ill health
  • An undesired circumstance is a set of conditions or circumstances that have the potential to cause injury or ill health e.g. untrained nurses handling heavy patients
  • A dangerous occurrence is one of a number of specific, reportable adverse events, as defined by the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR)
  • A work-related illness is any condition caused or made worse by, the workplace. These can be both physical and mental illnesses

How can peligro help me?

Peligro ensure that a thorough investigation is carried out into any accident, incident, near miss or work-related illness that our Clients report to us to investigate. Our reports follow the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) HSG 245 ‘Investigating accidents and incidents: A workbook for employers’ guidance. These cover a brief introduction to the accident, incident, near miss or work-related illness, an overview of legislation relevant to the accident, incident, near miss or work-related illness, an initial review, an overview of the documentation received from the Client (e.g. witness statements, communication to staff, policies, procedures, etc.), the decision to investigate, incident information, analysis of incident information, identifying suitable risk control measures, an action plan, and case studies of accidents, incidents, near misses or work-related illnesses of a similar nature.

For further information please contact Peligro on 0114 212 5505 or email [email protected].

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