Your employer must report serious work-related accidents, diseases and dangerous incidents to the Health and Safety Executive. They must report:
The reporting must be done by your employer, but if you’re involved it’s a good idea to make sure it’s been reported.
Your employer has to carry out a risk assessment and do what’s needed to take care of the health and safety of employees and visitors. This includes deciding how many first aiders are needed and what kind of first aid equipment and facilities should be provided.
First aiders have no statutory right to extra pay, but some employers do offer this. Employees must also take reasonable care over their own health and safety.
Any injury at work – including minor injuries – should be recorded in your employer’s ‘accident book’. All employers must keep an accident book. It’s mainly for the benefit of employees, as it provides a useful record of what happened in case you need time off work or need to claim compensation later on. But recording accidents also helps your employer to see what’s going wrong and take action to stop accidents in future.
In most cases, if you need time off because of an accident at work, you’ll only have the right to Statutory Sick Pay. Your employer may have a scheme for paying more for time off caused by accidents, or may decide to pay extra depending on what has happened.