What Is the Purpose of an Accident Book?

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The role of an accident book is to record all kinds of injuries that occur in the work place. The details of an accident (major or minor) are recorded by the victim or his colleagues.

The main purpose of an accident book is to record work-related injuries in the workplace. The state mandates that serious injuries or deaths are reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations (RIDDOR). Employers with 10 or more employees are required to provide the books at their workplace. Ultimately, this provision encourages recording of details at the event of an accident, because both the employer and employee are eligible for compensation by the state.

The accident book also helps employers to know the exact details of an accident, thereby enabling them to make smart decisions, which benefit both parties.The employer needs factual information with regard to the occurrence of the accident for management purposes. Details required by management include date of accident, time of accident, type of injuries sustained and other details. On the other hand, the employees benefit by getting time off to recuperate in addition to the possibility of getting compensation depending on the type of injury suffered.

Another function of the book is to provide factual information in the event of an employee contesting compensation. The book provides full details of the accident which can be used as evidence or proof in a court of law. Lastly, under the Data Protection Act of 1998, accident books not only record work-related injuries, but also ensure that the information is confidential.