Top 10 things horse riders need to know about accident reporting
- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that it is good practice for first aiders and appointed persons to record incidents that required their attendance.
- First-aiders should record of any treatment administered including the date, venue, person’s name and job, injury, treatment and/or advice, whether the person returned to work/went home/ went to hospital etc.
- Records should be collected in an accident book. The Accident Book is an essential document for employers and employees, who are required by law to record and report details of specified work-related injuries and incidents.
- The information can help identify accident trends and possible areas for improvement in the control of health and safety risks. It can also be used as a record in future first aid needs assessments.
- It enables businesses to comply with legal requirements under social security and health and safety legislation, including Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) requirements. Read our blog on RIDDOR regulations.
- Keeping records will help you to identify patterns of accidents and injuries, and will help when completing your risk assessment.
- Your insurance company may also want to see your records if there is a work-related claim.
- Make sure you protect people’s personal details by storing records confidentially in a secure place.
- If you have more than ten employees, or own or occupy a mine, quarry or factory, you must keep an accident book under social security law
- Accident record books should be kept for three years after the initial accident.
Medi-K has produced a specific accident book for equestrian settings. The Medi-K Accident Record Book includes Riding Establishment Health and Safety Guidance Notes and is the UKs only riding establishment specific record book.
To find out which first aid course is best for you check out our specific equestrian first aid webpage.
Medi-K and First Aid Training Co-operative have come together to run specialist equestrian specific first aid courses. For more information about our first aid courses please contact us.