Reporting an accident

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 place a legal duty on employers to report certain accidents, injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences. The main categories of incidents that should be reported are:

  • Deaths - to workers and non-workers arising  from a work-related accident, including an act of physical violence to a worker ( not including suicide).

  • Specified injuries to workers e.g. fractures, amputation, permanent loss of sight, crush leading to internal organ damage, serious burns.

  • Over 7 day injury - where an employee cannot carry out their normal duties for more than 7 consecutive days following an injury at work

  • Injury to a non employee/ member of public – if in connection with a work activity and taken directly to hospital.

  • Reportable dangerous occurrence – includes the collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment, plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines, explosions or fires causing work to be stopped for more than 24 hours.

  • Reportable occupational disease – includes carpal tunnel syndrome, occupational dermatitis, hand-arm vibration syndrome, occupational asthma, tendonitis or tenosynovitis of the hand or forearm, any occupational cancer, any disease attributed to an occupational exposure to a biological agent.

How to report

All incidents can be reported online at

A telephone service is also provided for reporting fatal and Specified injuries only - call the Incident Contact Centre on 0845 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).

For further advice contact your Local Authority Health and Safety team using the details in the 'Contact us' section of this page, or by e-mailing

Contact us

Environmental Health

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

0345 8 506 506