CIOB: Proposed change to injury reporting is dangerous

In response to a Health and Safety Executive consultation that proposes changes to how injuries are reported the Chartered Institute of Building has labelled the move ‘a retrograde step’ for high-risk industries.

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), place a legal duty on employers; self-employed people and people in control of premises; to report work-related deaths, major injuries or over-three-day injuries, work related diseases, and dangerous occurrences (near miss accidents).

The proposed amendment to RIDDOR would extend the need to report an injury from the current over three days off to over seven. This change is aimed to coincide with the requirement for individuals to obtain a fit note from their GP if they expect to be absent for more than a week.

“We understand the motive to reduce the number of reports businesses have to make. But high-risk industries like construction are different to others and should be seen that way. In our view this change poses a risk to the safety of construction workers and the industry’s ability to spot hazards before they become more serious”, said Adam Hollis from the CIOB’s Health & Safety Advisory Committee.

He added, “It should be recognised that diluting RIDDOR will make it seem as less important or, at worst, not mattering at all. There are sectors within the industry whose lack of knowledge and/or resources determine behaviours that include poor reporting. This change won’t improve the accuracy and data we need to drive a best practice culture.” The provisional number of fatalities in the 12 months to April 2011 will be published in June. According to the latest report from the HSE 42 people lost their lives in 2009/10.

The validated fatality figures are expected to show a continuation of the trend away from incidents on major sites towards smaller jobs. The CIOB is keen to work with the HSE and be involved in further discussions as they develop. A full copy of the Institute’s response can be found at: –



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