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Railways: Death

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many deaths of (a) railway workers and (b) others occurred as a result of electrocution by the third rail in each year since 1997. (201260)

The number of railway fatalities caused as a result of electrocution by the third rail in each year since 1997 are provided in the following table.

(a) Railway employees

(b) Others (members of the public)

1997

0

9

1998

0

8

1999

0

13

2000

0

16

2001

0

6

2002

1

9

2003

1

12

2004

0

5

2005

0

6

2006

1

12

20071

0

4

1 The data for 2007 is provisional.

Source:

Data provided by the Office of Rail Regulation

Most fatalities result from members of the public trespassing on railway infrastructure.