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Workplace Accidents

Volume 268: debated on Wednesday 20 December 1995

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what were the accident, work-related medical complaint and death rates for workplaces where the work force was (a) represented by a trade union in collective bargaining and (b) not represented by a trade union, for each of the last 10 years. [7203]

The Health and Safety Executive does not collect the information in the form requested. However, the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1985, RIDDOR, require work-related deaths, certain injuries and cases of occupational disease to be reported to the enforcing authority for the purposes of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The table gives the overall rates for injuries reported under RIDDOR for each of the years since the regulations came into force on 1 April 1986.Based on the global estimates for work-related ill health compiled by HSE from the 1990 labour force survey, which pointed to some 2.2 million cases of work-related ill health, it is estimated that work-related illness may affect some 6 per cent. of the adult population.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what is his assessment of (a) the number of employers discouraging employees from reporting workplace accidents and (b) the effect of such discouragement on industrial accident statistics collected by his Department; and if he will make a statement. [7314]