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Industrial Accidents

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fatalities at work were recorded in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many have been recorded in 2007. (138302)

Statistics relating to work place fatalities and injuries are collected on the basis of financial year, from April to March. They are published annually for the previous year each summer. Six month provisional figures are made available via the Health and Safety Executive website. Figures for 2004-05, 2005-06 and the first six months of 2006-07 are set out in the following table. Final figures for the whole of 2006-07 should be published in July.

Number of fatal injuries notified to all enforcing authorities1, across all industries




2006-073 (six months)

1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005

1 April 2005 to 31 March 2006

1 April 2006 to 31 September 2006

Employment status


223 (5)

212 (5)

124 (5)

Members of the public5

370 (2856)

384 (2906)

194 (1416)

1 Enforcing authorities include; HSE; local authorities; and the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). Although ORR has enforced railway safety since 1 April 2006, there is still a requirement under RIDDOR to report certain incidents. RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) is the primary determinant as to whether a fatal accident is included in these figures or not.

2 The year is defined as a planning year, 1 April to 31 March.

3 Provisional: these figures are the latest available at the time of publication, and subject to change.

4 Workers includes employees and the self-employed.

5 Members of the public are those persons killed as a result of an accident arising out of or in connection with work activity, although they are not ‘at work’ themselves.

6 Includes suicides and trespassers on the railways. There were 253 fatal injuries due to suicides and trespassers on railways in 2004-05, 254 in 2005-06—provisional, and 132 in the first six months of 2006-07—provisional.


Figures in brackets are those reported to the Railways Inspectorate (RI), although included in the ‘all-industry’ figures above.