Employers may have to investigate all reportable safety incidents in the workplace under new proposals by the Health and Safety Commission.
It would become compulsory for all companies to investigate all reportable work-related accidents, ill health or near misses that could have resulted in serious injury.
HSC has launched a consultation on the proposals and wants to amend health and safety law.
Organisations would have to keep a record that an investigation had been carried out and its conclusions considered in revising the workplace risk assessment. The records would be kept for a minimum of three years and could be examined by the HSE and its inspectors.
The HSC has launched a consultation on the proposal, based on estimates that businesses could save £600 million if employers investigated every reportable incident and acted upon the findings.