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Steel Industry

Volume 124: debated on Thursday 17 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish statistics for the number of (a) fatal and (b) other accidents in the British steel industry since 1977 and any comparable information available to him about Japan.

The available information for reported accidents to employees in the iron and steel industry in Great Britain is as follows. Comparable figures for Japan are not available.

Reported occupational injuries to employees in the iron and steel industry (Minimum List Heading 311 of Standard Industrial Classification 1968) in Great Britain
Resulting in:
DeathMajor injury2Absence from work of over three days3

Resulting in:


Major injury


Absence from work of over three days


ֵ Not available.

1 Figures affected by three month national steel strike (January to March).

2 As defined under the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 1980.

3 For 1977–80, as reported to Her Majesty's Factory Inspectorate; for 1981–82, resulting in claims for industrial injury benefit.

Figures for 1986–87 are provisional and were collected under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR). This introduced a wider definition of "major injuries" and there are no figures available for the iron and steel industry so that the wider category of "metal manufacturing" is used. The figures under that category are 16 fatalities, 533 major injuries and 3,814 "over three days" injuries.