Although the UK has one of the lowest workplace accident rates in the developed world, every year people are killed or injured at work.
In the latest figures (2015/16) there were 144 workplace deaths & over 72, 000 reported "over 7 day absences / specified injuries", some estimates put total time lost due to work place injuries at 40 million days per year.
Accidents can (and do), happen in all industry sectors and their costs are often huge and unexpected. The associated costs can often take employers by surprise, they often include payment of wages (both to the injured employee and their replacement), loss of production, loss of reputation, lower employee morale, increased insurance premiums, legal fees and more.
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) Regulations 2013, puts specific duties on employers and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (sometimes known as "near misses"). These duties include the recording, reporting and investigating of certain happenings. Compass safety can undertake all these duties on your behalf.
When we undertake accident investigations we ensure the our aim is on finding the root cause of the accident rather than the investigation procedure itself and has the goal of preventing any re-occurrence rather than apportioning blame. This enables our clients to develop working practices and improve training to prevent it from happening again. The purpose of our investigations is to find facts that can lead to actions, not to find fault.