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Reporting of accidents

(Legal requirements under the Reporting of Injuries, Disease and Dangerous Occurence Regulations 1985)

An accident is an unplanned event that results in an injury or could have resulted in an injury or results in damage to equipment or property OR harm to the environment.
Anyone can complete an accident/incident report form [].
Once completed the form should be sent via the internal mail to the Health and Safety Officer at Malet Street. Electronic copies can be sent by e-mail attachment to:

Serious incidents should be reported immediately to the interim College Safety Officer,  Keith Ryan, (020 7631 6218, i.e. extension 6218).

1. The above regulations now require accidents, and dangerous occurrences in places of education, to be formally reported.

For the notification purposes, accidents which arise as a result of, or in connection with work or attendance on the College premises, fall into the following categories:

(a) Fatal accidents to any person on site whether or not they are employed by the University.

(b) Major Injury Accidents to any person on site whether or not they are employed by the University.

(c) Dangerous Occurrences.

Major injury includes:

  • death of any person as a result of an accident arising out of or in connection with work
  • fracture of the skull, spine or pelvis
  • fracture of any bone in the arm or wrist, but not a bone in the hand
  • amputation of: a hand or foot; or a finger, thumb or toe or any part thereof if the joint or bone is completely severed
  • the loss of sight in an eye, a penetrating injury to an eye, or a chemical or hot metal burn to an eye
  • either injury (including burns) requiring immediate medical treatment or loss of consciousness, resulting in either case from an electric shock from any electrical circuit or equipment, whether or not due to direct contact
  • loss of consciousness resulting from lack of oxygen
  • either acute illness requiring treatment, or loss of consciousness, resulting in either case from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin
  • acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a pathogen or infected material
  • any other injury which results in the person injured being admitted immediately into hospital for more than 24 hours
  • any of dangerous occurrences listed below
  • a person at work, (i.e. an employee, a self-employed person, or a person receiving training for employment) incapacitated from his or her normal work for more than three days as a result of an injury (an over-three-day injury)
  • the death of an employee if this occurs some time after the reportable injury which led to the employee's death, but not more than one year afterwards.

Dangerous occurrences

  • Explosion, collapse or bursting of a pressure vessel
  • Electrical fault attended by fire or stoppage of plant for more than 24 hours
  • Uncontrolled or accidental release of a pathogen likely to cause death or injury
  • Unintentional ignition of explosives