A Major Accident is defined as follows:
- Any fracture, except to fingers, thumbs or toes
- Any amputation
- Dislocation of shoulder, hip, knee or spine
- Loss of sight (temporary or permanent)
- Eye injury from chemical or hot metal burn, and any penetrating eye injury
- Injury from electric shock or electric burn leading to unconsciousness, or requiring resuscitation, or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours
- Loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia or by exposure to a harmful substance or biological agent
- Acute illness requiring medical treatment, or loss of consciousness arising from absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin
- Acute illness requiring medical treatment where there is reason to believe it has resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins, or infected materials.
You must also report a “dangerous occurrence” – this is when something happens that does not result in a reportable injury, but which clearly could have done.
If an accident occurs and a person dies or suffers from any of the above a “responsible person” must notify the relevant enforcing authority preferably by telephone. A written report must be submitted to them within 10 working days.