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Health and Safety Advice for Stonemasons
Stonemasonry Department 2011
What is RIDDOR?
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and
Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
(RIDDOR) are designed to provide a single set
of reporting requirements to all work activities in
The regulations are made under the Health and
Safety at Work Act 1974. The main purpose of
the regulations is to generate reports to the
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and to
local authorities. This allows individual incidents
and trends to be examined so that authorities
can develop strategies to prevent future injuries
and ill health.
What Should be Reported?
The following list provides examples of what must be reported under RIDDOR:
The death of any person as a result of an accident, whether or not they are at
Someone who is at work suffers a major injury as a result of an accident.
Someone who is not at work (a member of the public) suffers an injury as a result
of an accident and is taken from the scene to the hospital.
A dangerous occurrence takes place.
Someone at work is unable to do the full range of their normal duties for more
than seven days as a result of an injury caused by an accident at work.
The death of an employee if this occurs some time after a reportable injury which
led to the death (not longer than one year afterwards).
A person at work suffers a disease provided a doctor diagnoses the disease and
the persons job involves an activity which may have caused the disease.
Any accidents or incidents must be reported by the responsible person. The
responsible person is normally the employer or the person in control of the premises.
To help the responsible person carry out their duties, employers need to be given clear
guidelines about reporting accidents and cases of ill health to management. If you
are unsure who the responsible person is on your site speak to your manager.
The following list provides examples of what RIDDOR considers a major injury
Fracture other than to fingers, thumbs or toes
Dislocation of the shoulder, hip, knee or spine
Loss of sight (temporary or permanent)
Chemical burn to the eye or any penetrating
injury to the eye
Injury resulting in an electric shock or electrical burn leading to unconsciousness and
requiring resuscitation or admittance to hospital
Unconsciousness caused by asphyxia or exposure to a harmful substance or
Acute illness requiring medical treatment or loss of consciousness arising from
absorption of any substance by inhalation, ingestion or through the skin
The following list provides examples of what
RIDDOR considers a dangerous occurrence:
Unintended collapse of any building or structure
Explosion or fire causing suspension of normal
work for over 24 hours
Sudden spillage of flammable liquid, gas or other
substances which may damage health
Collapse, overturning or failure of load bearing
parts of lifts and lifting machinery
Plant or equipment coming into contact with
overhead power lines
Electrical short circuit or overload causing fire or
The following list provides examples of what
RIDDOR considers a reportable disease:
Some skin diseases such as occupational
dermatitis or skin cancers
Lung diseases including occupational asthma,
pneumoconiosis or silicosis
Infections such as leptospirosis and tetanus
Other conditions such as occupational cancer,
certain muscoskeletal disorders and hand-arm
vibration (vibration white finger)
The Accident Book
Whenever an accident (no matter how trivial) occurs
on a construction site the following details must be
entered in the sites accident book:
The injured persons name, address and occupation
The place where the accident happened
The date and time of the accident
How the accident happened
The details of the person filling in the book
The accident book can be completed by the injured
person or by someone acting on their behalf. The
book should be kept somewhere where it is easily
accessible (usually in the site hut).
The form shown above is used to report injuries or dangerous occurrences. Your lecturer
will now give you a case study which you should use to complete a practice form
Developed by The Stonemasonry Department
City of Glasgow College
The information in this presentation has been sourced from:
Getting to Grips with Manual Handling, A Short Guide: HSE Publications
Health and Safety in Construction: HSE Publications
Construction Intelligence Report: HSE Publications