I have placed tables in the Library providing the number of injuries reported to enforcing authorities in the North West Government office region for the 10 years from 1996-97 to 2005-06 by local authority.
I am pleased to report that the North West’s total combined number of fatal and major injuries, and combined rate of fatal and major injuries have both shown a decline in the last year. The North West’s rate for all reported injuries has declined in each of the last two years and since 2001-02 overall.
I am concerned that both the rate of fatal and major injury and the rate of all reported injuries are higher in the North West than in Great Britain as a whole. However, this is strongly influenced by the composition of employment including the mix of industries and occupations in different regions.
The Health and Safety Commission’s risk-based strategy to improve Great Britain’s health and safety performance aims to concentrate on the highest areas of incidence and the poorest performers.