Freeclaim Solicitors Offer Advice to Businesses and Employees on RIDDOR Regulations

Freeclaim Solicitors has offered legal advice on the RIDDOR regulations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and how they affect both business owners and their employees.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Although it is recommended, there is currently no legal obligation for employers to investigate accidents

Freeclaim Solicitors has offered legal advice on the RIDDOR regulations from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and how they affect both business owners and their employees.

RIDDOR stands for Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. The regulations state that when an incident occurs in a workplace, that incident should be reported to the HSE if it caused an illness or injury, or even if it was a “near miss”.

A RIDDOR report should be filed to HSE if a person has suffered death or injury in a workplace-related incident. A 2013 revision of the RIDDOR regulations states that a report is only required for an incident if it has resulted in a person suffering a specific injury, including fractures, amputations, industrial illnesses, serious burns and loss of consciousness.

The incident should be reported to HSE by what it terms as a “responsible person”.  This could include:

Robert Jones, a senior lawyer at Freeclaim Solicitors supports the regulations; however urges employers to go beyond their legal obligations, “Although it is recommended, there is currently no legal obligation for employers to investigate accidents. I would always advise employers to look into any accidents and identify the cause (or causes) and take steps to prevent the risk of such accidents recurring in the future.”

Freeclaim Solicitors has been handling workplace accident and injury compensation claims for over 25 years. Their team of specialist personal injury lawyers will be able to provide expert legal advice to those who are thinking about pursuing a compensation claim for injuries sustained in the workplace, supporting them through the legal proceedings and helping to secure vital funds for rehabilitation.

The firm comes recommended by the prestigious Legal 500, as well as being members of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and Headway’s Brain Injuries Association Personal Injury Solicitors List, amongst others.

If you or a loved one has suffered an accident or illness in the workplace, and you think you may have a case for compensation, get in touch with Freeclaim Solicitors today to speak to an experienced personal injury solicitor. To find out more, visit the Freeclaim Solicitors website at http://www.freeclaim.co.uk/


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