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Rail Industry (Injuries)

Volume 175: debated on Tuesday 3 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many railway staff have been killed or suffered major injuries for the period 1979–83 and 1984–88; and what they represent as a proportion per 1,000 railway staff employed.

[pursuant to his reply, 24 May 1990, c. 294]: In the period 1984–88, 98 staff died and 979 suffered major injuries, totalling 1,077. The average number of staff employed during that period was 181,200. The proportion of deaths and major injuries to 1,000 employed was 5.94.In the period 1979–83, 153 railway staff died and 1,613 suffered major injuries, totalling 1,766. The average number of staff employed during that period was 228,200. The proportion of deaths and major injuries to 1,000 employed was 7.74.In the period 1974–78, 209 railway staff died and 3,023 suffered major injuries, totalling 3,232. The average number of staff employed during that period was 246,400. The proportion of deaths and major injuries to 1,000 employed was 13.1.