CSCS Test Revision – Accident Reporting and Recording

These CSCS test revision notes cover what you need to know to answer the CSCS test questions from the “Accident Reporting and Recording” section.

This section has 19 questions, they’re focused mainly on the importance of reporting accidents and incidents on a worksite.

Accidents on-site must be reported promptly and accurately in order to ensure that the proper steps can be taken to investigate the incident and identify any changes that can be made to prevent similar accidents from occurring. Reporting these incidents is essential for creating a safe work environment, protecting employees, and promoting accountability.

We’ve included 17 key points in these revision notes because the other 2 points are practically identical to the key points already listed below.

CSCS Test Revision: Accident Reporting and Recording

  1. If someone has an injury at work, the information recorded in the accident book must be treated as confidential under data protection laws.
  2. If you are going about your work and notice a plant operator driving above the site speed limit you should report the matter to your supervisor or site manager immediately.
  3. Anyone who shows up to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be ordered off-site immediately. There is no exception to this.
  4. Reporting accidents on-site is not just good working practice, it’s also a legal requirement. You have a legal requirement to report it and your employer has a legal requirement to ensure a safe working environment.
  5. If someone has an injury at work and it results in them being absent from work for more than 7 days their employer must record the accident in the accident book and inform the Health and Safety Executive.
  6. Minor accidents should be reported by the person involved whenever possible.
  7. Injuries that occur at work should be reported immediately, do not wait until the end of the day or the end of your shift.
  8. Whenever there is an accident on site you must report it to your employer. They have a legal requirement to ensure your workplace is safe and you have a legal requirement to ensure you report if it is not.
  9. Using a vehicle marshaller will help to reduce the likeliness of accidents when vehicles are reversing.
  10. If you are working and witness an accident on site you should tell your supervisor exactly what you saw, do not lie to protect your colleagues or friends.
  11. If you’re working on-site and accidentally cut your finger you should seek first aid immediately and also report it. Do not try to clean it yourself if you are not a trained first aider.
  12. A near miss as defined by the HSE is an event not causing harm but has the potential to cause injury or ill health. These should be reported immediately.
  13. If you are working and witness a scaffolding collapse, you will be interviewed and you must say exactly what you saw, and give as many details as possible to help with the investigation.
  14. Accident investigations are vital for workplace safety, the main reason why these are carried out is for your employer to try and find out the cause of the accident and put measures in place to prevent a recurrence.
  15. Two items that should be recorded in the accident book are the date of the accident and details of the injuries sustained. A person’s national insurance does not have to be recorded
  16. There are lots of important reasons why workplace accidents must be recorded e.g. to stop them from happening again and some accidents must be reported to the HSE. Placing blame and seeking prosecution is not a primary reason for carrying out an accident investigation.
  17. If you have an injury at work and are unable to record the matter in the accident book, someone acting on your behalf can record the accident.

CSCS example questions on Accident Reporting and Recording

Here are a few CSCS example questions in relation to accident reporting and recording.

  • Who should record an injury in the accident book?
  • In your own words, how would you describe the term “near miss”?
  • What details should be recorded in an accident book if there’s an accident at work?
  • Why should accidents at work be reported?
  • In terms of confidentiality, how should the information recorded after an accident be treated?
  • Who should you report accidents at work to?
  • Whose responsibility is it to record an injury in the accident book?
  • What must an employer do if someone has an accident and is off work for more than 7 days?
  • If you’re involved in an accident, who should report this accident?
  • What will happen if someone shows up to work under the influence of drugs or alcohol?
  • Whose responsibility is it to report unsafe practices at work?
  • What should you do if you cut a finger while carrying out a task?
  • What should you do if an accident happens and you witness the entire scene of events?
  • Why are accident investigations important?
  • If you have an injury at work, can someone else record it in the accident book if you are incapable?
  • If there’s an accident at work, how soon should it be reported?
  • What should you do if you witness a worker driving recklessly on-site?

Hopefully, these short CSCS test revision notes and example questions on accident reporting and recording will help you answer any questions you might face from this section.

When you’re ready, give our full CSCS practice test with 50 questions a go and see how many questions you can answer correctly.

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