All ESQCR incidents can be reported via HSE’s website. The website provides the details of telephone reporting; an online form for the reporting of incidents; and guidance on what, how and when to report.
Fatal and serious injuries, fires, explosions and other events are reportable to HSE.
Domestic fatalities are reportable to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and major supply interruptions are reportable to Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). Reporting by the online form covers the requirements of all three regulators, and notified events are automatically directed to the appropriate regulator.
Events that lead to the death or injury to an employee of a dutyholder covered by these regulations should be reported to HSE under the requirements of RIDDOR.
Events that lead to the death or injury to an employee of a dutyholder covered by these Regulations should be reported to HSE under RIDDOR only.
Deaths and injuries to members of the public that are attributable in whole or in part to the generating, transforming, control or carrying of energy up to and including the supply terminals are reportable by dutyholders to HSE.
Examples of events that must be reported under this regulation include those resulting in the death of or injury to someone who is not an employee of the generator, distributor or meter operator and are:
Immediately after the duty holder becomes aware, all deaths and serious injuries (ie where a member of the public is admitted to hospital as an in patient) must be reported by telephone to the Incident Contact Centre on 0345 300 9923 (opening hours Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 5 pm).
Domestic fatalities attributed to electrical equipment eg a fatality due to a person rewiring their house or with an appliance that has not been isolated from the supply must be reported to BIS. Other examples include electrocution including intentional acts, or form fires and explosions arising from or alleged to have arisen from a fault on the customer’s equipment or wiring.
Dutyholders are only expected to report such incidents where they have knowledge of the occurrence of the event or the facts of the event.
Any fire, explosion or implosion where there is a significant risk of death or injury to members of the public must be reported. This would include events that breach or significantly damage any containment surrounding the electrical equipment or conductor eg:
Events that have been caused by a fire of a third party (equipment or premises) and that results in damage to the duty holder’s equipment are not reportable.
Any event which leads to an overhead line being below statutory height, eg a line brought down during a storm should be reported. Any event that gives rise to a significant risk of death must be notified.
Examples of events that involve significant risk of death include:
This requirement is targeted at interruptions of supply due to faults, accidents or other unplanned events. Duty holders need not report deliberate discontinuation of supplies carried out under Regulation 29 Discontinuation of supplies.
With the exception of the references to distributors and the minimum duration of interruption (now 3 minutes – paragraph 32(1)(a)), dutyholders should note that this regulation is virtually unchanged from the equivalent regulation in the Electricity Supply Regulations 1988 as amended (regulation 35 Notification of supply failure).
Examples of other events that should be reported to HSE include: