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Health And Safety

Volume 175: debated on Wednesday 4 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Stretford, 24 April, Official Report, columns 170–1, if he will list (a) the number of trainees as part of the total number of inspectors within the Health and Safety Executive and (b) as a proportion of all inspectors for 1974–1989, inclusive.

The table shows (a) total inspectors within HSE and (b) trainee inspectors included in the total, for each year since 1977. For earlier years, figures for trainees could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.Only two grades of staff in the Health and Safety Executive are designated as training grades: factory inspectors class II (for their first two years) and assistant agricultural inspectors (first three years). There are no trainee grades for mines, quarries, nuclear or specialist inspectors, who are recruited for their specialist knowledge and whose initial training varies according to their needs. Accordingly it would not be meaningful to express trainees as a proportion of total inspectors.

(a) Total inspectors within HSE2(b) Of which trainee inspectors3
419771349·5213
19781392·5179
19791388·5114
19801441·5140
19811405·5101
19821331·529
19831281·0
19841247·0
19851237·045
19861231·591
119871241·0117
19881170·5102
19891188·099
1 The Industrial Air Pollution Inspectorate transferred to the Department of the Environment on 1 April 1987.
2 The total number of HSE inspectors includes those working outside inspectorates eg contributing to policy, standards work etc.
3 The figure for 1977 includes trainee factory inspectors at 1 April. The figure for 1987 includes trainee factory inspectors at 31 March.
4 1 March.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment for each of the years 1974 to 1989 inclusive if he will give (a) the number of prosecutions passed on from the Health and Safety Executive to the Crown prosecution service and (b) the results of these prosecutions.

Records are not kept of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutions passed to the Crown prosecution service for its consideration. Most health and safety prosecutions are undertaken by HSE inspectors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many (a) female and (b) male employees were covered by the Control of Lead at Work Regulations 1980; and what was the number of (a) and (b) suspended because of high blood lead levels for each year 1980 to 1989.

There is no requirement for employers to notify the number of persons in their employ covered by the Control of Lead at Work Regulations. However, the number of workers under medical surveillance under the regulations from 1982 onwards are available and are given in the table. Additionally, the table gives details of the number of persons suspended under the regulations from 1982.

YearWorkers under medical surveillanceSuspension from work with lead
MaleFemaleMaleFemale
198220,9481,26925833
198322,1211,33319820
198422,7711,65125462
198523,3821,55018337
1986123,0021,54335157
1987–88222,1321,42338833
1988–89223,2461,31334012
1 In 1986 there was a reduction in the maximum blood lead levels for suspension for work with lead.
2 Year commencing 1 April.

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what was the number of (a) industrial deaths, (b) HSE prosecutions, (c) the fines for these deaths and (d) the verdicts at an inquest for each of the years 1974 to 1989, inclusive.

The number of industrial deaths for the years 1975 to 1988–89 is shown in the table. The other information requested is not readily available and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Fatal injuries arising from work activity reported1 to HSC/E enforcing authorities—Great Britain
Number of fatal injuries
YearEmployeesSelf employedNon-employed
1974651....
1975620....
1976584....
1977524....
19782622....
19792615....
19802579....
19814415471
19824724883
19834486585
198443860105
198540071159
1986–8733555292

Number of fatal injuries

Year

Employees

Self employed

Non-employed

1987–88336084113
1988–89p3

4521

79110
.. = not available.
p = provisional.

1 Fatal injuries reported to enforcing authorities under various legislation eg the Factories Act 1961, Offices, Shops and Railway Premises Act 1963 for the years 1974 to 1980; under the Notification of Accidents and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation, 1980 (NADOR) for the years 1981 to 1985 and under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulation, 1985 (RIDDOR) for subsequent years.

2 Includes a number of injuries to non-employees not covered by existing legislation but which were voluntarily reported to enforcing authorities.

3 Year commencing 1 April.

4 Includes the 167 fatal injuries arising from the Piper Alpha disaster.