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Industrial Accidents

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment how many deaths at work and how many reportable accidents were reported in each six-month period from 1 January 1974 to 1 July 1979, respectively.

The chairman of the Health and Safety Commission has provided me with the figures in the table below. Before 1978, some inspectorates compiled figures annually only. From 1978, the figures include accidents in the field covered by the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, not reportable under previous legislation. An estimate for 1978 excluding these "new entrants" is shown in the table for comparability.

REPORTED ACCIDENTS AT WORK
FatalTotal
1974651337,590
1975620328,515
1976584325,010
1977524327,309
1978*
Excluding "new entrants"498329,200
Including "new entrants"621346,015
January-June307170,979†
July-December314172,480†
1979*
JanuaryJuly316164,130†
* Provisional.
†Excluding non-serious accidents in mines, other than NCB, and quarries, for which only annual figures are available.