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Your obligations under RIDDOR

The Health and Safety Executive have changed the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 which is commonly referred to as RIDDOR. The main changes are as follows;

1.    Classification of major injuries to workers have been replaced with a shorter risk of specified injuries.

2.    The existing schedule detailing 47 types of industrial disease replaced with 8 categories of reportable work related illness.

3.    Fewer types of “dangerous occurrence” requiring reporting

The changes affect all employers including the self employed. Further information and guidance is on the Health and Safety Executive website. It should be noted that the changes do not affect employer’s duties and responsibilities in the workplace. By way of an example employers still owe their employees a duty of care in negligence and it is still possible to pursue a claim for compensation despite these changes. Further employers have a legal duty to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work.

If you have been injured in the work place and do not believe your employers have reported the accident under the RIDDOR requirements then do not hesitate to contact our Matthew Winder for advice.

Matthew Winder is a solicitor and senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers and would be happy to meet you at an office local to you. Clarkson Hirst solicitors have offices based at Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow in Furness. We offer a free initial consultation in relation to any personal injury matter and this includes a telephone or email request for guidance or advice.


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