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Accidents: Farms

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 17 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many farm accidents there were in the last 12 months for which figures are available. (176848)

A total of 1,315 accidents were reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR) in 2006-07 by duty holders in the agriculture and hunting industry; including farms. This also includes accidents to workers, the self-employed and members of the public from work activities in the agriculture and hunting sectors.

The total includes fatal and ‘major injuries’ and ‘over three day injury’ accidents as defined in RIDDOR. In simple terms, a major injury is defined as an amputation, fracture (not in fingers/toes), certain dislocations, and injury requiring immediate medical treatment or a stay in hospital for over 24 hours. An over three day injury is one where the injured person was required to be absent from normal (work) duties for more than three whole days (including week ends). It also includes accidents to workers, the self-employed and members of the public from work activities in the agriculture and hunting sectors.

2006-07 is the most recent full year for which data are available. However, because of late reporting to HSE, the data are provisional and will be finalised next year in 2008.