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Construction Industry (Safety)

Volume 974: debated on Thursday 29 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what consultations he has had with trade unions about workers killed and injured in the construction industry.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1979, c. 362]: None. I am assured by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the trade unions concerned are appropriately represented on the commission's construction industry advisory committee, and that its programme of work adequately reflects the views expressed by the trade union members.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is his estimate of the number of workers likely to be killed and injured in the construction industry in the next five years in the absence of improvements in safety.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1979, c. 362]: I have not made any such estimate.

asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report the number of people who have been killed and injured in the construction industry in each of the past five years.

[pursuant to his reply, 26 November 1979, c. 362]: I am informed by the chairman of the Health and Safety Commission that the numbers are as follows:

ACCIDENTS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, 1974–78
Accidents to employees reported under the Factories
ActDeathsInjuries*
197416634,432
197518235,397
197615635,983
197713032,685
1978†11933,681
These figures are only consistent series for accidents in the construction industry. However, figures on a wider definition, including the self-employed, are available for 1978, and these show 151 deaths and 34,408 injuries.
* Injuries resulting in more than three days absence from normal work.
† Figures for 1978 are provisional.