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Reporting serious incidents

Below are some examples of serious incidents:

  • Any fatality or serious injury involving a:
    • Passenger;
    • Railway employee/contractor;
    • Child trespasser aged under 16;
    • Level crossing user – cyclist, motorist, pedestrian;
    • Any fatality or serious injury to a person on a level crossing.
  • Any collision between rolling stock.
  • Collapses of tunnels, bridges, cranes or scaffolding.
  • Any release of dangerous goods involving a train carrying a nuclear flask/radioactive waste.

Who can I report an incident to?

Our accident section takes details of major incidents from the industry. 

Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95)

These Regulations require deaths, certain injuries resulting from accidents, instances of specified diseases, and specified dangerous occurrences, which arise out of or in connection with work activities or undertakings covered by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HSW Act) to be reported to the relevant enforcing authority. For railways this will in most cases be the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). 

Further information about how to report an incident can be found in Reporting of Serious Incidents to ORR (PDF 58 Kb).

As of 6 April 2012, RIDDOR’s over-three-day injury reporting requirement for railway employees and railway contractors has changed to over seven days’ incapacitation (not counting the day on which the accident happened). Incapacitation means that the employee is absent or is unable to carry out their normal duties for over seven days. The deadline by which the over-seven-day injury must be reported has also increased to fifteen days from the day of the accident. Employers and others with responsibilities under RIDDOR must still keep a record of all over-three day-injuries.

Comprehensive (non-industry specific) guidance on RIDDOR is available on HSE’s website, including details of the new reporting requirement.

Last updated: April 2013

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