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Accident Statistics

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what is the number of (a) deaths, (b) major injuries and (c) minor injuries suffered as a result of accidents at work for each year since 1960.

The available information is as follows:

YearReported occupational injuries in Great Britain, resulting in death to over 3 day abscence from work
employees onlyemployees and self-employedmajor injury to employees and self-employedto employees only1(thousands)employees and self-employed (thousands)
198150312,403435
198251712,413390
198350812,567ֵ
198449612,638ֵ
1985347013,382ֵ
ֵ not available.
1 over 3 day absences leading to claims for industrial injury benefit from DHSS, years starting on 1st Monday in June 1961–80; as notified to HSE for calendar years 1981–82.
2 1978–80 fatalities include those to non-employees voluntarily reported.
3 1981–85 fatalities and major injuries to employees and self-employed reported to the Health and Safety Executive or other appropiate enforcing authority under, and as defined in the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (NADOR).
Figures for 1986–87 are provisional and were collected under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR). This introduced a wider definition of "major injuries" so that the reported 18,641 major injuries to employees and the self-employed is not comparable with previous figures. The number of fatalities was 390 and the number of over three-day absences was 144,000, both figures being for employees and the self-employed.