The Health and Safety Executive is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness.

If you are an employer, a self-employed person or someone in control of work premises you will have duties under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

Reporting incidents, accidents and ill health at work is a legal requirement. This information enables the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities to identify where and how risks arise and to investigate serious accidents.

You must report:

  • A death
  • Major injury - for example, a fracture other than to fingers thumbs or toes. amputation, dislocation of the shoulder, hip knee or spine, loss of sight etc.
  • An over-7-day injury - where an employee or self employed person is away from work or unable to work normally for more than seven consecutive days (not counting the day on which the accident happened). However, under EU law, businesses will still be required to keep internal records of incidents resulting in an absence of over three days.
  • Injuries to members of the public or people not at work - where they are taken from the scene of an accident to hospital.
  • A work related disease
  • A dangerous occurrence

HSE imageAccident reports must now be made online at HSE Reports Website.

A telephone service is available for fatal and major injuries only on 0345 300 9923. This service is available Monday to Friday 8.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

For more information on incident reporting and RIDDOR, please see the HSE's website at

The Health and Safety Executive are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain's workplaces.

They run award-winning and hard-hitting campaigns tackling issues which result in death, serious injury and illness. These campaigns deal with real dangers like asbestos, which kills approximately 4000 per year, and agriculture, one of the most dangerous industries in the UK.

As an independent regulator, they put those who put others in danger before the courts and provide support to businesses in helping them understand and manage their legal duties.