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Under health and safety law, you must report and keep a record of certain injuries, incidents and cases of work-related illness. The legislation places duties on you to report serious workplace accidents resulting in deaths, specified injuries or over seven-day injuries, reportable work-related illness (i.e. certain occupational diseases) and specified dangerous occurrences (i.e. certain near misses). You must also keep a record of all over three-day injuries i.e. if the employee has been incapacitated for more than three consecutive days. In addition, if you have more than 10 employees, you must keep an accident book. Keeping records will help you to identify patterns of accidents and injuries, and will help when completing your risk assessment as they will ensure that you collect sufficient information to allow you to properly manage your health and safety risks. Our information and documentation here will ensure you know how to keep proper records of incidents, hazards and near misses and that you know what your reporting obligations are when faced with accidents at work. We’ve also covered the statutory offence of corporate manslaughter.

The content on elXtr has been prepared by LHS Solicitors. It’s intended as guidance only and not to be regarded as a substitute for consultation with one of our solicitors, since every case will ultimately turn on its own particular facts and circumstances. We recommend that you use our materials as your starting point and be aware that you sometimes have to follow a set procedure before taking any action, especially in an employment context. If you are in any doubt, we’d suggest that you get in touch with us and we’ll talk you through your options on how to get the right legal advice.

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