Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) is a piece of legislation that requires employers, and anyone else who is responsible for the health and safety within a workplace, to report and keep records of:-

  • Specified Serious injuries
    •       Fractures (other than to fingers, thumbs and toes)
    •       Amputation of an arm, hand, thumb or leg
    •       Injury likely to lead to permanent loss of sight/reduction in sight
    •       Injury resulting in 7+ days off work
    •       Any crush injury to the head or torso, causing damage to the brain
    •       Any burn injury (including scalding) which:-
      • Covers more than 10% of the whole body’s total surface or
      • Causes significant damage to the eyes, respiratory or other vital organs
    •       Any loss of consciousness caused by a head injury or asphyxia
    •       Injury arising from working in an enclosed space which:
      • Leads to hypothermia or heat-induced illness or
      • Requires resuscitation/admittance to hospital
  • Work-related deaths
  • Cases of diagnosed industrial disease
  • Dangerous occurrences (certain listed, ‘near-miss’ events)
  • Injury resulting 7+ days off work
  • Certain dangerous occurrences (near misses) 

The reason why such incidents are legally reportable is to enable enforcing authorities (Health and Safety Executive, Local Authorities and Office of Rail Regulation) to determine where and how risks arise and whether they need to be investigated. It also allows enforcing authorities to target their resources and provide advice on how to avoid/prevent work related ill health or even death from occurring.

How to Report an Incident


Various report forms can be found online. You must complete and submit the appropriate form, which will then be sent directly to the RIDDOR database. You will receive a copy for your records.


Fatalities and major injures only, can be reported via the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday-Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm).

For further guidance please refer to the Health and Safety Executive website.

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