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Accidents At Work

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment if he will publish in the Official Report(a) the number of people killed and (b) the number of people injured in accidents at work (i) in Scotland and (ii) in the United Kingdom, in each year since 1978.

The available information for accidents reported to Her Majesty's Factory and Agricultural Inspectorates and to the local authorities in Scotland and Great Britain as a whole is as follows.

Nunbers of reported occupational injuries to employees in Scotland
Year1Death2Major injury3Abscence from work of over three days
197865925,999
197967224,157
198064921,732
1981571,20938,080
1982571,22834,181
1983551,160
1984471,154
1985371,159
1986–87 (p)43951,79313,550
Numbers of reported occupational injuries to employees in Great Britain
19787433269,123
19797433250,465
19807411210.290
198135511,079359,251
198236811,084327,806
198336611,270
198436111,853
198532112,112
1986–87 (p)4314518,567141,225
—not available.
p provisional.
1 Includes fatal injuries to members of the public arising from work activity, only for those fatal injuries reported to Local Authorities in 1981–1985.
2 As defined in the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations, 1980. (NADOR).
3 For 1981–82, injuries resulting in claims for industrial injury benefit. From 1983 to 1985 figures are not available as Industrial Injury Benefit ceased in 1983.
From April 1986 injuries reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985 (RIDDOR).
These figures are not comparable with previous figures.
4 Year commencing 1 April 1986 when RIDDOR came into force.
5 The definition of major injury for 1986–87 is given in the RIDDO Regulations and is wider that that specified under NADOR.
6 For Scotland, injuries in 1978–80 are those reported to Factory Inspectorate only.
7 For Great Britain, injuries reported in 1978–80 are those to Factory and Agricultural Inspectorate only.
Figures for Northern Ireland are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.