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1 Survey of Accidents at Work 211

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3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 211 saw a continuation of the remarkable trend of improvement in the industry s accident record in recent years, as shown in dramatic form on page 4. As the report shows, in 25 there were a total of 234 accidents affecting employees of companies who employ more than 3 people, which is the primary focus of the survey. The total in 211 was only 6. It is fair to say that whilst this is 6 too many, this represents a remarkable achievement. There were thankfully no fatal accidents during 211. Falls from heights, slips and trips and handling accidents were the most common causes of accidents, in line with previous years. Thanks are due to all the JIB member companies who responded to the survey. I would like to acknowledge the excellent contributions made by Sandy Elcombe, Rob Gibbs, Melissa Hewitt and Laurie Horsey in compiling the report. The JIB Accident Report has used the same format for a number of years and a review of the format of the report has been initiated. The 212 report will reflect the new format. Steve Brawley Chief Executive [1]

4 Definitions Used: Brief explanations of the RIDDOR* definitions used in this survey are given below: 1. Fatal Accidents - an industrial accident resulting in death, even if death did not occur on site. 2. Non-fatal Major Injuries - listed in Schedule 1 of RIDDOR. a) Fractures, but not to the fingers, thumbs or toes b) Any amputation c) Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine d) Loss of sight (whether temporary or permanent) e) A chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye f) Any injuries resulting from an electric shock or electric burn (including any electric burn caused by arcing products) leading to unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours g) Any other injury: (i) Leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or to unconsciousness; (ii) Requiring resuscitation; or (iii) Requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours h) Loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia or by exposure to a harmful substance or biological agent i) Either of the following conditions which result from the absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin: (i) (ii) Acute illness requiring medical treatment; or Loss of consciousness j) Acute illness which requires medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material. 3. Over 3-day Accidents (i.e. Other Reportable Accidents under RIDDOR) - accidents to employees that keep them away from work for more than 3 consecutive days excluding the day of the accident but including days which may not normally have been working days e.g. Saturday/Sunday. *RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations These Regulations define an employer's statutory responsibility to report specified accidents and other occurrences to the HSE or local authority. 4 Dangerous Occurrences and Occupational Diseases - see Question 11. These include: Dangerous Occurrences Collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment; Explosion, collapse or bursting of any closed vessel or associated pipework; Plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines; Electrical short circuit or overload causing fire or explosion; [2]

5 Collapse or partial collapse of a scaffold over five metres high, or erected near water where there could be a risk of drowning after a fall; Dangerous occurrence at a pipeline; Explosion or fire causing suspension of normal work for over 24 hours; Accidental release of any substance which may damage health (which therefore includes asbestos). Occupational Diseases Certain occupational diseases linked to specified work activities, when confirmed by a certificate from a medical practitioner, for example, those caused by lead, cadmium, asbestos, epoxy resins etc. The details of occupational disease that should be reported are listed in Schedule 2 of RIDDOR. How to find out more about RIDDOR RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations These Regulations cover the employer s legal responsibility to report specified accidents, diseases and other serious occurrences to the HSE or Local Authority. For more information on RIDDOR go to: Types of operative covered by the Survey Member companies have been asked to record accidents which affected their electrical operatives - including directly employed, self employed, Agency-supplied, skilled, non-skilled and apprentices. It is recognised that some JIB companies employ other tradesmen who are not covered by this Survey. The JIB primarily keeps data on Member Companies and their directly employed labour force. In particular, the employment circumstances of non-direct labour are unknown and they cannot, therefore, be asked to provide their own accident returns. As a result, it has been necessary to ask employers to provide accident statistics on behalf of the self employed and Agency-supplied operatives working for them during 211. Working Well Together The analysis this year is being carried out as part of a continuing commitment to the national health and safety campaign, Working Well Together. This is an initiative developed by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) which advises the Health & Safety Commission (HSC) on health and safety issues in the Construction Industry. The campaign's main theme is continuous improvement through: Commitment - to higher levels of health and safety Competence - ensuring everyone involved is trained and competent to do their work [3]

6 Communication - ensuring the health and safety messages permeate throughout a project - involving workers as well as managers in solving the problems that arise Co-operation - building up relationships of trust and partnership so that we get the thing right, first time every time. The Parties to the JIB - the ECA and Unite - have lent their full support for the aims and objectives of the campaign. This survey also forms part of the JIB's action plan as registered members of the Working Well Together campaign and will be used to help generate good practice information to companies as part of continual improvement. Zero Accident Potential (ZAP) This year s report s figures will be added to the previous nine years figures and used to measure the industry s overall health and safety progress under the ECA-led Zero Accident Potential (ZAP) initiative. The ECA introduced its ZAP performance improvement programme in 22. The JIB has collated the industry s accident figures for many years and these results have been fed into the ZAP performance improvement programme. The outcome is illustrated below. By any measure this represents tremendous progress by the industry and credit is due to all the parties who have contributed to this step change in our accident record. [4]

7 CONTENTS PART 'A' - THE RESPONSE TO THE ENQUIRY Table-A: JIB Member companies No. of employees compares to Received response PART 'B' - FIRMS EMPLOYING 31 OR MORE ADULTS OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS (OTHER REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS) Table-B (i) - Analysis of over 3-day Accidents & Major Injuries at Work Table-B (ii) - Proportional analysis of 3-day accidents by type Table-B (iii) - Areas for Concern and Action Table- B (iv) - Proportional analysis by type of Non-fatal/ Major Injury Accidents PART 'C' - FIRMS EMPLOYING LESS THAN 31 ADULTS OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS Table- C (i) - Analysis of over 3-day Accidents at Work Table- C (ii) - Proportional analysis by type of over 3-day Accident Table- C (iii) - Proportional analysis by sub-type of over 3-day Accident Table- C (iv) - Proportional analysis by sub-type of over 3-day Accidents & Non Fatal/Major Accidents PART 'D' - AGENCY LABOUR AND SELF EMPLOYED OPERATIVES OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS (OTHER REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS) Table- D (i) - Proportional analysis by sub-type of over 3-day Accident Table- D (ii) - Proportional analysis by type of Non-fatal/ Major Injury Accidents [5]

8 PART 'A' THE RESPONSE TO THE ENQUIRY 194 firms participated in the survey i.e. 15.1% of JIB member companies. Table A below shows the number of employers and employees recorded in membership of the JIB as at 1 st March 211, and the number of companies per size category taking part in the Survey, The participation rate is much higher among the larger companies with 85.3% of those employing 11 or more operatives submitting a response. In Part D (Page 21), the response to the enquiry by firms using agency labour and self-employed operatives is given. As the JIB does not keep records of member firms use of self-employed and agency-supplied operatives, it is not possible here to make a comparison between the level of response to the Survey and the size of the Industry in the way that appears in Table A. Table A: Number of JIB member companies compared to the received response Company Size by Operatives & Apprentices Employed JIB Member Companies* Operatives & Apprentices Responses Percentage of Response % % % 11 & above % Total 1,281 21, % Percentage Response 1% 8% 6% 4% 2% Responses % 1-1 Ops 11-3 Ops 31-1 Ops 1+ Ops [6]

9 PART 'B' Accidents statistics of companies employing 31+ operatives The following table shows the RIDDOR Reportable accidents reported by companies with work force over 3 (operatives), the number of employees working for them and accidents expressed as a percentage of the work force for the years 25 to 211. The schedule is split into 3 sections: Section 1 indicates the number & percentage of Over 3-day Accidents ; Section 2 indicated the number & percentage of Major & Fatal accidents ; & Section 3 indicates the combined numbers & percentages for these two criteria. Year Operatives (31 & above) Over 3-day Accidents at work (direct employees) Percentage of accidents (%).39%.69%.55%.72%.67%.91%.97% Combined All Minor, Major & Fatal Accidents (direct employees) Combined & Total Percentage (%).47%.76%.82%.81% 1.7% 1.13% 1.18% Percentage of 3-Day Accidents as a chart: Percentage of Accidents 21 14% 211 8% 25 2% 29 11% 26 18% 28 15% 27 14% In addition to over 3-day Accidents, however, the Survey also records Non-fatal Major Injuries as defined under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Combining the returns for both categories of Accidents ( Over 3 Day Injuries & Major/Fatal Injuries) give the following results: [7]

10 Year on year comparable percentage Major & Fatal Injuries as a chart: 21, , 11 25, 33 29, 37 26, 34 28, 2 27, 35 Combining the returns for both categories of Accidents gives the following result in chart format: Over 3 Day Major/Fatal Accident Types Combined OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS (OTHER REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS) In the succeeding pages, Table-B (i) gives the number of over 3-day Accidents at work occurring in 211 within each category. It also shows the percentage of each employer group to the total of 6 accidents recorded overall. [8]

11 By referring to Tables B (i), B (ii) & B (iii) the relative contribution of the different types of accidents towards absence from work can be seen. A comparison with 21 is provided for each type of accident. Frequency of Accidents at Work When considering the frequency of accidents within the Industry, this has been expressed in terms of injury incidence rates per 1, operatives. The incidents rate for companies employing 31 or more Electricians is 4.75 (Number of accidents divided by number of operatives). Occupational Road Injury on Public Roads Separate from the main analysis, the Survey also recorded instances of occupational road injury on public roads a type of accident which is not covered by RIDDOR. One instance was recorded in 211. [9]

12 TABLE- B (i): Analysis of over 3-day Accidents and Major Injuries at Work in 211 (firms employing 31 or above Operatives) 1. Falls of persons 1.1 From heights (including low height) 1.2 Slips, trips on the same level 2. Falls of objects Cause of Injuries 2.1 Head injury 2.2 Other parts of the body 2.3 Trapped by something collapsing or overturning 3. Handling Over 3-day Accident Major Injuries (MI) Total 3.1 Injured while handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on or striking against 4.1 Stepping on nail or other objects 4.2 Injured by scaffolding 4.3 Injured by other stationary objects Hand tools 5.1 Non-power 5.2 Electrically operated 5.3 Other hand tools 6. Machinery 6.1 Contact with moving machinery or material being machined 7. Work place transport 7.1 Struck by moving vehicle on site 7.2 Occupational road injury on public roads Lifting equipment 8.1 Lifts, hoists, cranes etc. 9. Eyes 9.1 Foreign bodies, wounds, flash burns etc Electricity 1.1 Electric shock Other Accidents/incidents (See Guidance Notes) 11.1 Describe on separate sheet Total 49 (81.7%) 11 (18.3%) 6 [1]

13 TABLE- B (ii): Proportional analysis by type of 3-day Accidents by type. Questionnaire type Accidents % Accidents % 1. Falls of persons Falls of objects Handling Stepping/striking against Hand tools Machinery Workplace transport Lifting equipment Eye injuries Electricity Other accidents/incidents TOTAL 95 1% 49 1% 3-Day Accident by Type [11]

14 Table- B (iii): Areas of Concern and Action Falls from heights (1.1) 3 rd 3 rd 2 nd 3 rd 3 rd 3 rd 3 rd Slips, trips on the same level (1.2) 2 nd 2 nd 3 rd 1 st 1 st 2 nd 2 nd Injured while handling, lifting or carrying (3.1) 1 st 1 st 1 st 2 nd 2 nd 1 st 1 st The Table above ranks accidents according to the frequency of their occurrence in recent years. It shows that handling and fall (persons) accidents have consistently been most responsible for causing absence from the work place. Other accidents / incidents (Q 11.1) Concerning other accident/incidents under 11.1 of the questionnaire, 2 were recorded by the same firm in this section of the report. [12]

15 Table- B (iv): NON-FATAL/MAJOR INJURIES Proportional analysis by type of (Non-fatal) Major Injury Firms employing 31 or more adults Accident type Falls of Persons Falls of Objects 1 3. Handling 4. Stepping on or Striking Against Hand tools 1 6. Machinery 7. Workplace Transport 8. Lifting Equipment 9. Eye Injuries 1 1. Electricity Other Accidents/Incidents TOTAL Non Fatal/Major Accident by Type [13]

16 PART 'C' FIRMS EMPLOYING LESS THAN 31 ADULTS The following table shows the number of over 3-day Accidents recorded by firms in this size category, the number of employees working for them and accidents expressed as a percentage of the labour force for the years 25 to Over 3-day Accidents at work Size of sample Accidents as a % of sample Over 3-Day Accidents for Companies Employing Less Than 31 Operatives 1% 25% 26% 9% 6% 14% 19% In addition to over 3-day Accidents, however, the Survey also records Non-fatal Major Injuries as defined under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Combining the returns for both categories of Accident gives the following figures: Total number of Accidents at work Size of sample Accidents as a % of sample [14]

17 In Chart Format: Total No of Accidents Percentage of Size Sample OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS (OTHER REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS) The majority of firms taking part in the Survey fall within this category (firms employing less than 31 Operatives). They cover 15.5% of the employees of all firms responding to the survey. This reflects the pattern of JIB membership as a whole. The injury incidence rate per 1, employees for companies in this category is 8.2 (Number of accidents divided by number of operatives). The Tables arranged on the succeeding pages provide further information on accident levels and type recorded by participating Companies within this category. [15]

18 Table-C (i): Analysis of over 3-day Accidents at Work in 211 firms employing less than 31 adults 1. Falls of persons 1.1 From heights (including low height) Slips, trips on the same level 1 2. Falls of objects 2.1 Head injury 2.2 Other parts of the body Trapped by something collapsing or 3. Handling overturning 3.1 Injured while handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on or striking against 4.1 Stepping on nail or other objects 4.2 Injured by scaffolding 4.3 Injured by other stationary objects Hand tools 5.1 Non-power 5.2 Electrically operated 5.2 Electrically operated 6. Machinery 6.1 Contact with moving machinery or material Being machined 7. Work place transport 7.1 Struck by moving vehicle on site 7.2 Occupational road injury on public roads 8. Lifting equipment 8.1 Lifts, hoists, cranes etc. 9. Eyes 9.1 Foreign bodies, wounds, flash burns etc. 1. Electricity 1.1 Electric shock 11. Other Accidents/incidents (See Guidance Notes) 11.1 Describe on separate sheet TOTAL 4 [16]

19 Table-C (ii) Proportional analysis by type of over 3-day Accident Firms employing less than 31 adults Questionnaire type Accidents % Accidents % 1. Falls of persons Falls of objects Handling Stepping on or striking against Hand tools Machinery 7. Workplace transport Lifting equipment 9. Eye injuries 1. Electricity 11. Other accidents/incidents TOTALS 24 1% 4 1% [17]

20 Table- C (iii) Proportional analysis by sub-type of Non Fatal/Major Injuries Firms employing less than 31 adults Questionnaire sub-type Accidents % Accidents % 1.1 Falls from heights Slips, trips on the same level Falls of objects head injury Falls of objects striking body Trapped by something collapsing or overturning Handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on nail or other objects Injured by scaffolding Injured by other stationary objects Hand tools non-power Hand tools - electrical Other hand tools Contact with moving machinery or material being machined Struck by moving vehicle on site 7.2 Occupational road injury Lifting equipment Eye injuries Electric shock Other accidents/incidents TOTAL 24 1% 7 1% [18]

21 Table- C (iv): Proportional analysis by type of over 3-day injuries & Non-fatal/Major Injuries. (Less than 31 adults) Questionnaire sub-type 211 Accidents % 1.1 Falls from heights Slips, trips on the same level Falls of objects head injury 2.2 Falls of objects striking body 2.3 Trapped by something collapsing or overturning 3.1 Handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on nail or other objects Injured by scaffolding 4.3 Injured by other stationary objects Hand tools non-power 5.2 Hand tools - electrical 5.3 Other hand tools 6.1 Contact with moving machinery or material being machined 7.1 Struck by moving vehicle on site 7.2 Occupational road injury 8.1 Lifting equipment 9.1 Eye injuries Electric shock 11.1 Other accidents/incidents TOTAL 11 1% [19]

22 PART 'D' SELF-EMPLOYED AND AGENCY SUPPLIED OPERATIVES The following table shows the number of Over 3-day Accidents recorded by firms using self employed and Agency-supplied Operatives, the number of operatives working for them and accidents expressed as a percentage of the work force for the years 25 to Over 3-day Accidents at work Size of sample % In addition to over 3-day Accidents, however, the Survey also records Non-fatal Major Injuries as defined under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR). Combining the returns for both categories gives the following figures: Total number of Accidents at work Size of sample Accidents as a %age of sample [2]

23 CHART SHOWING COMBINED FIGURES OF OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS & NON FATAL/INJURIES OVER 3-DAY ACCIDENTS (OTHER REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS) The injury incidence rate per 1, operatives for firms using Agency supplied labour and selfemployed Electricians is 4.3. Tables overleaf provide further information on accident levels and type recorded by participating companies. [21]

24 Table- (D (i): Proportional analysis by sub-type of over 3-day Accident Agency labour and self-employed operatives Questionnaire sub-type Accidents % Accidents % 1.1 Falls from heights Slips, trips on the same level Falls of objects head injury 2.2 Falls of objects striking body Trapped by something collapsing or overturning 3.1 Handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on nail or other objects Injured by scaffolding Injured by other stationary objects Hand tools non-power Hand tools electrical 5.3 Other hand tools 6.1 Contact with moving machinery or material being machined Struck by moving vehicle on site 7.2 Occupational Road Injury on Public Roads 8.1 Lifting equipment Eye injuries Electric shock 11.1 Other accidents/incidents TOTALS 37 1% 13 1% [22]

25 (NON-FATAL) MAJOR INJURIES Table- D (ii): Proportional analysis by type of Non-fatal/Major Injury Agency Labour and Self-employed operatives Questionnaire Type Falls of Persons Falls of Objects 1 3. Handling 2 4. Stepping on or Striking against 5. Hand tools 6. Machinery 7. Workplace Transport 8. Lifting Equipment 9. Eye Injuries 1. Electricity Other Accidents/Incidents TOTAL [23]

26 Appendix 1 JIB SURVEY OF ACCIDENTS AT WORK 211 PLEASE REFER TO THE ACCOMPANYING GUIDANCE NOTES ON P.3 BEFORE COMPLETING FORM PART A RIDDOR- REPORTABLE ACCIDENTS In questions 1, 2 and 3 below, please state the total number of accidents in each category which happened to all your electrical operatives and apprentices during 1 st January to 31 st December 211 inclusive. Please also state the average number of operatives of each type used during that period in questions 4 and 5 (either exactly or your best estimate). 1. Fatal Accidents Put the cause of (fatal) injury in the box below for list see Part B overleaf. Directlyemployed PAYE Agency Labour and Selfemployed 2. (Non-Fatal) Major Injuries Complete also Part B overleaf, ensuring that the cause of any major injury is clearly identifiable. (DO NOT INCLUDE ANY ACCIDENTS TO BE ENTERED IN QUESTION 3 BELOW) 3. Over 3-day Accidents i.e. other RIDDOR-Reportable injuries (Complete also Part B overleaf). (DO NOT INCLUDE ANY ACCIDENTS ALREADY ENTERED IN QUESTIONS 1 OR 2 ABOVE) 4. Average number of Electricians, Labourers and Apprentices employed during 211. (PLEASE COMPLETE EVEN IF YOU ENTERED NIL IN ANSWER TO 1, 2, 3 ABOVE) 5. Average number of Agency plus self-employed operatives used during 211 (PLEASE COMPLETE EVEN IF YOU ENTERED NIL IN ANSWER TO 1,2, 3 ABOVE) [24]

27 PART A NB: Please do not record accidents in the boxes for question 3 Over 3-day Accidents which: (i) You have already entered as fatal or major injuries in the boxes to questions 1 and 2 (ii) (this will help to prevent double counting of accidents); or Resulted in absence from work of 3 days or less. If your company did not have any Fatal, Major injury or Over 3-day accidents during the year, put NIL in answer to questions 1, 2 and 3. Even if you are reporting nil accidents, it is crucially important that you still complete the boxes for questions 4 and 5, so that your Company s return can be used in the Survey (we need to know how many operatives are employed so that we can calculate the accident rate for the industry). In Part B, some accidents may look like they need an entry in more than one box. However, only fill in the (one) box that reflects the most substantial injury. PART B RIDDOR-REPORTABLE OVER 3 DAY AND MAJOR INJURY ACCIDENTS IN 211 Please show any reportable accidents during 211 in the appropriate boxes below (any fatal injury should be noted in Part A ). Cause of injury Directly Employed PAYE Over 3-day Accidents Major Injuries Agency Labour and Self-employed Over 3-day Major Accidents Injuries 1. Falls of persons 1.1 From heights (including low height) Slips, trips on the same level Falls of objects 2.1 Head injury Other parts of the body Trapped by something collapsing or overturning Handling 3.1 Injured while handling, lifting or carrying Stepping on or striking against 4.1 Stepping on nail or other objects Injured by scaffolding Injured by other stationary objects Handtools 5.1 Non-power Electrically operated Other hand tools 5.3 [25]

28 6. Machinery 6.1 Contact with moving machinery or material being 6.1 machined 7. Transport 7.1 Struck by moving vehicle on site Occupational road injury on public roads* Lifting equipment 8.1 Lifts, hoists, cranes etc Eyes 9.1 Foreign bodies, wounds, flash burns etc Electricity 1.1 Electric shock or electric burn Other Accidents/incidents 11.1 Outline on separate sheet - includes reportable 11.1 diseases/ dangerous occurrences (see below) * Please note: road accidents are not RIDDOR-reportable but any information on these is very useful to our survey. YOUR COMPANY DETAILS Name.. Signature.. Company JIB Employer Membership No Address. Post Code Tel No If you employ an elected Unite Safety Representative please give the person s name(s) below Are you also a Member of the? ECA Yes / No HVCA Yes / No Please delete as appropriate AFTER COMPLETION PLEASE RETURN TO THE JIB AND KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS GUIDANCE NOTES ON FILLING IN THIS FORM (SUR.1 rev) WHICH WORKERS ARE COVERED? When filling in this form, only record accidents involving predominantly electrical operatives (although you may employ other individuals, they are not covered by this Survey). Directly employed graded operatives and apprentices, plus Agency supplied and other non-paye site operatives are all included. Question 11 Other Accidents / Incidents When answering question 11 in Part B, please include all other RIDDOR- reportable accidents, diseases or dangerous occurrences (see outline explanation of these terms below). [26]

29 RIDDOR DEFINITIONS A brief explanation of RIDDOR definitions used in this Survey is given below: 1. Fatal Accidents - an industrial accident resulting in death (even if death did not occur on site) 2. Non-fatal Major Injuries - listed in Schedule 1 of RIDDOR (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (g) Fractures, but not to the fingers, thumbs or toes. Any amputation. Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine. Loss of sight (whether temporary or permanent). A chemical or hot metal burn to the eye or any penetrating injury to the eye. Any injury resulting from an electric shock or electric burn (including any electric burn caused by arcing products) leading to unconsciousness or requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours. Any other injury: i) Leading to hypothermia, heat-induced illness or to unconsciousness ii) Requiring resuscitation, or iii) Requiring admittance to hospital for more than 24 hours. (h) (i) Loss of consciousness caused by asphyxia or by exposure to a harmful substance or biological agent. Either of the following conditions which result from the absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin: i) Acute illness requiring medical treatment; or ii) Loss of consciousness (j) Acute illness which requires medical treatment where there is reason to believe that this resulted from exposure to a biological agent or its toxins or infected material. 3. Over 3-day Accidents (i.e. all other RIDDOR- Reportable Accidents) Accidents to employees that keep them away from work for more than 3 consecutive days excluding the day of the accident but including days that may not normally have been working days (e.g. Saturday/Sunday). [27]

30 4. Dangerous Occurrences and Occupational Diseases - see Question 11 Dangerous Occurrences These include: Collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment; Explosion, collapse or bursting of any closed vessel or associated pipework; Plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead power lines; Electrical short circuit or overload causing fire or explosion; Collapse or partial collapse of a scaffold over five metres high, or erected near water where there could be a risk of drowning after a fall; Dangerous occurrence at a pipeline; Explosion or fire causing suspension of normal work for over 24 hours; Accidental release of any substance which may damage health (which therefore includes asbestos). Occupational Diseases Certain occupational diseases linked to specified work activities, when confirmed by a certificate from a medical practitioner, for example, those caused by lead, cadmium, asbestos, epoxy resins etc. The details of occupational disease that should be reported are listed in Schedule 2 of RIDDOR. How to find out more about RIDDOR RIDDOR is the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations These Regulations cover the employer s legal responsibility to report specified accidents, diseases and other serious occurrences to the HSE or Local Authority. For more information on RIDDOR go to: Response deadline for this survey: Please return this Form (SUR.1 rev 1) to the JIB as soon as possible and no later than Wednesday 29 th February 212. Thank you in advance for your co-operation with this important Survey. JIB614 [28]

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