All accidents and dangerous occurrences must be reported to the Health and Safety Authority where:
- An employee dies, either at the workplace or while carrying out work at another location, as a result of an accident
- An employee is prevented from performing their normal duties, for more than three consecutive days, excluding the day of the accident but including any days which would not have been working days, as a result of an accident at a place of work or in the course of work in a location other than their normal place of work.
- Accidents involving an employee who dies within one year as a result of an accident at their place of work or in the course of work in a location other than their normal place of work.
- Accidents involving persons who are not at work but as a result of an accident related to a place of work or work activity die within one year of the accident.
- Accidents involving persons not at work but who as a result of an accident related to a place of work or work activity suffer any injury or condition that results in the person being taken to receive medical treatment in a hospital or medical facility.
- A dangerous occurrence has occurred. (A list of dangerous occurrences is set out in schedule 15 of the regulations)
Accidents which occur where a person suffers any disease, occupational illness or any impairment of mental condition are not reportable.
Reporting of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrence
Fatal accidents should be reported as soon as possible by the quickest practical means, detailing the name of the deceased, brief particulars, and location of the accident. Within five days a written report should be sent to the HSA. Non-fatal accidents should be reported within ten days. All accidents and dangerous occurrences can be reported online at www.hsa.ie.
Where an accident occurred and caused loss of life, the scene of the accident shall not be disturbed or tampered with before a H.S.A inspection has been completed and the expiration of three clear days after reporting of the accident.
Records of reportable accident or dangerous occurrence are required to be maintained for a period of 10 years from the date of the accident and dangerous occurrence.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016