A member of my staff had an accident at work last week in my pub. She has now been off work for several days. Do I have to report this?
The reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 provides that certain events must be reported by a responsible person. An accident which results in an employee being unable to work for three days comes within the events which must be reported.
When calculating the three days from the accident, do not include the day of the accident, but you should include any days which are not normally worked. For example, if the accident occurred on Saturday, you should include Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in calculating the days, even if the employee does not normally work on Sundays and Mondays.
A responsible person, normally the employer, needs to report the accident. The accident should be reported to the relevant officer at the local authority. In the case of accidents which cause an employee to be incapable of working for three days, it must be reported as soon as possible. You must also ensure that a Form 2508 is sent to the council within 10 days. The accident must also be recorded in the accident book in the normal manner as soon as the accident occurs.