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Last edited 25 Dec 2020
Incident reporting system for construction
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR) create a legal requirement for a responsible person (employers, the self-employed and individuals in control of work premises) to notify and keep records of specified workplace incidents.
In the construction industry, incident reporting systems (IRSs) can be used to analyse, track and document accidents and incidents that take place across an organisation or on a specific site. The data that is gathered is then used to develop mitigation strategies to improve safety. They also enable an organisation to meet their requirements for the reporting and investigation of workplace incidents and occupational health and safety.
Online incident reporting systems can allow anyone from the organisation to report an incident at any time, which is particularly useful for large contractors operating across multiple sites. IRS's using mobile technology, can for example create a mobile text number for near miss reporting. A reporting station can be located on site with a touchscreen, enabling the workforce to select the type of incident they wish to report. The site team can then receive reports via mobile, enabling them to take immediate action if required.
In order for an IRS to be effective, it needs consistent and coordinated implementation by management, as well as full engagement and involvement from employees who must be made aware that reporting incidents is best practice behaviour and not something that could bring about negative consequences for them.
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