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Accidents (Building Sites)

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity if she will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT statistics comparing the accident rate in building construction by conventional methods as compared with the rate on sites, but not in factories, where system building is in use.

This information is not available in the form requested. A limited survey carried out by H.M. Factory Inspectorate in 1967 for my Joint Advisory Committee on Safety and Health in the Construction Industries suggested that there was no significant difference in the accident frequency rate between conventional methods of construction and system building. My Department will pub- dustrial Safety Advisory Council directed towards reducing the accident rate in industry; and what action she proposes to take.

The number of accidents reported under the Factories Act in the last five years are as follows:lish a booklet next month based on the survey which identifies the dangers peculiar to system building and describes practicable precautions against them.