Accident Book Recording
If you have had an accident at work, your employer is under a duty to create a written record of your accident. Not only is it an invaluable tool for your employer in the management of its health and safety at work, but if your accident at work has resulted in a personal injury it is an extremely important way to evidence what has happened to you – which can be used to support a claim for compensation.
All employers should keep an accident book on their premises and the person in charge (the manager or supervisor) should be aware of where it is stored and the procedure for filling it out.
Things to note:
- You are entitled to see, review and countersign any accident book entry;
- The book should record:
- The time and date of the accident
- How it happened
- The injuries you sustained
- What steps could be taken to avoid any similar accidents in the future
It is very important that the description of the accident and the injuries you sustained are accurate. Many compensation claims for accidents at work can encounter problems if an employee has not paid attention to what has been written down about the circumstances of an accident.
- You are also entitled to receive a copy of the accident book record of your accident.
The reason why the accident book record is so crucial to your personal injury claim is because is what lawyers term a “contemporaneous record”. In other words, it’s a created record of what has happened almost immediately after the works accident, before memories start to fade, which makes it very difficult to challenge at a later stage.
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In the cases of more serious accidents where an employee’s injuries result in them being off work for more than 7 days, the employer has a statutory duty to not only make a written record of the accident but formally report it to the Health and Safety Executive under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
If you have had an accident at work which you feel was not your fault and you would like to speak to a personal injury expert about a possible claim for compensation then talk to one of our qualified solicitors. We can give you decisive and clear advice on your rights as an employee and will quickly be able to assess whether or not you have a potential claim for personal injury compensation.
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