Questions & Answers
It is a legal requirement.
It will support any compensation claims.
It helps the site to find out who caused it.
It allows the employer to dismiss the person responsible.
When an employee is injured in a traffic collision while commuting to work
When a non-employee or a member of the public is injured as a result of work activity
When the employee is injured when carrying out work and is absent for 3 consecutive days
When the employee, who is not doing the work, is injured as a result of a workplace accident and is absent for 3 consecutive days
within ten days.
within three days.
within seven days.
a major accident.
a minor accident.
a dangerous occurrence.
The site foreman
The site manager
A dangerous occurrence
An occupational disease
Fatal accidents and major injuries
Three consecutive days of absences resulting from an accident
An unplanned, unwanted, and unfortunate event that cannot be avoided.
An unplanned and unwanted occurrence which results in loss of any kind.
An unforeseeable and unwanted near miss where injury is narrowly avoided.
An unplanned, unwanted, and unscheduled incident caused by a careless person.
A pipeline bursting
An employee getting sunburn
The uncontrolled release of highly flammable gas
The controlled collapse of part of a building while it is being demolished
the death of a person.
a personal injury to anyone.
a person needing to go to hospital.
an employee being out of work for more than three days.
a fatal accident.
a minor injury as specified in the regulations.
the death of an employee after one year of their passing.
when an employee is injured in a traffic collision while commuting to and from work.
A fatal accident
A fire or explosion
A major injury such as the loss of a limb
An accident involving a member of the public
The incident is reported at the end of the day
The cut is cleaned and the employee continues working
The accident is reported and first aid is administered if necessary
The cut is cleaned and covered properly and it is reported to the supervisor later
H.S.A inspector or someone acting on their behalf.
The architect or someone acting on their behalf.
The client or someone acting on their behalf.
The person who had the accident or someone acting on their behalf.
a reportable incident to the site manager.
an accident reportable to the Health and Safety Authority.
a dangerous occurrence reportable to the safety representative.
a dangerous occurrence reportable to the Health and Safety Authority.
Twisted ankle (1 day off work)
Vibration white finger (5 days off work)
Failure of breathing apparatus while being used
a local hospital's address.
the site emergency procedures.
where to switch off the electricity.
the location of the first-aid box key.
Take video evidence, if possible, and inform your supervisor.
Find the operative's supervisor and tell them as soon as possible.
Avoid any interaction with them and complete your duties safely and responsibly.
Stop the person if it is safe to do so and tell them to stop doing what they are doing immediately.
To ascertain who was at fault and ensure they're reprimanded appropriately.
Records of minor incidents onsite must be kept in the event of the injury worsening.
The onsite record book must be updated with an entry every day, no matter how minor.
Even small cuts and bruises can slow work down, so its important to keep a record of potential costs incurred.
To find out the cost of the incident
To ensure a record is kept of the incident
To know the correct person to pursue legal damages against
To find out what caused the incident and ensure measures are put in place to prevent the incident from happening again
Suicides from workers
Small cuts and bruises
Fractures or loss of sight
Any death from a work-related activity
an employee sustains a minor injury.
there is a fatal accident in the workplace.
an employee is out of work for more than three days.
there is a dangerous occurrence as specified in the regulations.
Dermatitis (1 day off work)
Broken arm (30 days off work)
Cut finger requiring first-aid treatment (0 days off work)
Cut finger requiring first-aid treatment (4 days off work)
The employer must inform their relatives immediately.
The employer must arrange sick pay for the employee.
The employer must call the emergency services and inform the Health and Safety Authority.
The employer must report the accident in the accident book and report it to the Health and Safety Authority.
Tell all their colleagues
Look for the site manager
Leave the site and go home
Follow the site emergency procedures
A bout of depression that lasts more than 3 consecutive days.
Diseases, occupational illnesses or any impairments of mental condition.
Allergic conjunctivitis if symptoms occur within 10 working days from the start of the project.
A workplace injury from an accident at work resulting in the person's normal work duties not being able to be carried out for more than 3 consecutive days.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Hand-arm vibration syndrome
help immediately, even if they put themselves in danger.
report the injury to the Gardai without the site manager's briefing.
do nothing as everyone is responsible for themselves on a construction site.
call the emergency services, report the injury to the site manager, but do not put themselves in danger.
Decline the invitation to speak to the inspector.
Co-operate and tell the inspector exactly what you saw.
Ask your supervisor what you should say to the inspector.
Tell the inspector a version of events that your colleagues have asked you to repeat.
The site manager
The Health and Safety Authority Inspector
The date and time of the accident
The injured person's home address
Details of the injury that was sustained
The injured person's Personal Public Service Number
the site is closed down so that all employees can leave the site safely.
signs can be put up immediately, alerting others entering the area of the 'near miss'.
the area is immediately cordoned off and the Health and Safety Authority can inspect the area.
preventative measures are put in place to prevent a re-occurrence.
falls from height.
inhaling asbestos, dust, and fumes.
being run over by construction vehicles.
Twisted ankle (3 days off work)
Twisted ankle (4 days off work)
Sprained arm (1 day off normal duty)
Sprained arm (5 days off normal duty)
Plant or equipment coming into contact with overhead wires
Plant or equipment in need of repair
Explosions or fires causing work to be stopped for more than 24 hours
The collapse, overturning or failure of load-bearing parts of lifts and lifting equipment
a specified work activity.
vehicles entering the site.
working at height on scaffolds.
working below ground in trenches and excavations.
Helmet and sandals
Helmet, hi-vis clothing, steel toe cap boots
Helmet, sandals, mask, boots and casual clothes
Helmet, mask, ear defenders and short sleeve shirts
If an employee is absent for 2 consecutive days excluding the day of the accident
If an employee is absent for 3 consecutive days excluding the day of the accident
If an employee is absent for 1 day excluding the day of the accident
If an employee has an accident but does not require any time off work
Details of the injury
Your home address
Your National Insurance number
The date and time of your accident
Call the Health and Safety Authority.
Call the emergency services immediately.
There is no need to tell anyone what you witnessed as you were not involved.
Inform your line manager and let them know you have witnessed the collapse.
Certain accidents need to be reported to the Health and Safety Authority.
Site rules state that accidents must be recorded within the accident book.
It is necessary to discover who was at fault so that they can be fined/prosecuted.
It is important to revise the risk assessment so that similar accidents do not happen again.