Reporting Electrical Accidents

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You should report any work-related accident that comes under the requirements of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. In general, an electrical accident is reportable in any of the following circumstances:

  • the person dies as a result of their injuries
  • the person suffers a major injury
  • as a result of their injury, the person is away from work for more than three days, or can’t undertake their full range of normal duties for more than three days
  • a person receives an electric shock or burn that results in loss of consciousness, the need for resuscitation or admission to hospital for more than 24 hours
  • plant or equipment comes into contact with overhead power lines
  • there is an electrical short circuit or overload that causes a fire or explosion

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