Victims of workplace accidents or cases of ill health

This leaflet provides information about what happens when HSE carries out an investigation into a potential breach of health and safety legislation and what you can expect as a victim who has suffered harm.

Applies to:
England and Wales
February 2024
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HSE may investigate possible breaches of health and safety law. If you are the victim of a workplace injury or case of ill health, you may become involved in our investigation.

This simple leaflet explains:

  • how the investigation will proceed after a workplace incident
  • a victim’s personal statement
  • what happens when you attend court
  • a victim’s right to review
  • how to make a complaint about HSE
  • support available from other organisations

There is more detailed information for bereaved families.

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Updated 2024-02-09