The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) is a UK regulation that requires employers to report certain types of workplace incidents to the Health and Safety Executive. These incidents include work-related accidents, diseases, and dangerous occurrences.
According to the latest statistics from the HSE, there were 69,208 non-fatal injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period. This represents a decrease from the previous year’s 69,208 injuries.
The most common types of non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period were as follows: Slips, trips, and falls on the same level (29% of all non-fatal injuries reported) Handling, lifting, or carrying (20%) Being struck by an object (10%) Acts of violence (9%) Falls from height (8%) These five types of injuries accounted for over 75% of all non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period.
In addition to non-fatal injuries, there were also 111 fatal injuries to workers reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period. This represents a decrease from the previous year’s 147 fatalities. The most common causes of fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period were as follows: Falls from height (29% of all fatal injuries reported) Struck by a moving vehicle (20%) Struck by a moving object (18%) Trapped by something collapsing or overturning (8%) Contact with moving machinery (7%) These five causes of fatal injuries accounted for over 80% of all fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period.
The HSE also reports that there were 2,446 cases of work-related diseases reported under RIDDOR during the 2019/2020 period. These diseases include musculoskeletal disorders, occupational asthma, and work-related stress. Employers in the UK have a legal obligation to report certain types of workplace incidents under RIDDOR.
This includes incidents that result in a worker’s death, a major injury, or an injury that results in an employee being unable to work for seven or more days. Employers must also report certain dangerous occurrences and work-related diseases. The HSE uses the data from RIDDOR reports to identify trends and patterns in workplace incidents and to develop strategies to improve workplace safety.
The HSE also provides resources and guidance for employers to help them comply with RIDDOR reporting requirements and prevent workplace incidents from occurring.
In conclusion, the UK statistics on RIDDOR-reported injuries highlight the need for employers to prioritise workplace safety and take measures to prevent incidents from occurring. By identifying the most common types of workplace injuries and causes of fatal incidents, employers can implement targeted measures to prevent these incidents from occurring. Complying with RIDDOR reporting requirements and working with the HSE to improve workplace safety can help create a safer working environment for employees in the UK.