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Services Training

Volume 410: debated on Tuesday 2 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trainees have been (a) killed and (b) injured in the last 10 years; and in each case what the type of training being undertaken and the cause of injury or death was. [123950]

Between 1 January 1993 and 31 December 2002 there were 112 Regular Service trainees killed through fatal injuries. It is not possible to provide individual details for each trainee as this would compromise service personnel confidentiality. Comprehensive information on non-fatal injuries is not held centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The following table provides details of the deaths of the trainees killed as a result of injuries, broken down by cause.

Regular armed forces trainee personnel killed due to fatal injuries: 1993–2002
Cause of deathNumber killed
Training and Exercises-Accidents10
Environmental factors (e.g. Excessive heat/cold pressure)3
Road traffic accidents1
Falls, twisting, turning, slipping etc.2
On-Duty Accidents10
Road traffic accidents5
Off-Duty Accidents68
Road traffic accidents46
Hanging, suffocation, strangulation etc.5
Falls, twisting, turning, slipping etc.4
Machinery and tools1
Water transport1
Off duty criminal shooting1
Total killed112
1 Includes deaths awaiting coroner's verdicts.
2 Defined as coroner's verdicts of suicide and open. Please note that suicide and open verdicts are subject to change as outstanding coroner's verdicts are reported.