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Industrial Health and Safety

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported to and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last four years. (173797)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The numbers of Incidents reported to HSE (i.e. those reportable under RIDDOR—reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences regulations), and the number of these incidents which meet the Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) investigation selection criteria and which are investigated, in each of the last four years are as follows:

Al HSE Reportable RIDDOR Incidents

Numbers investigated meeting HSC's selection criteria

2003-04

148,592

5,288

2004-05

141,740

4,890

2005-06

138,848

4,677

2006-07

134,418

5,567

(b) The numbers of complaints reported to HSE, and investigated, in each of the last four years are as follows:

Total number of complaints reported

Total number investigated1

2003-04

24,404

22,528

2004-05

22,794

21,633

2005-06

21,074

19,675

2006-07

18,865

18,540

A majority of complaints are investigated by Complaints Officers and not HSE Inspectors. Dependent on the seriousness of the nature of the complaint it may be referred to an inspector to investigate.