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Industrial Health and Safety

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of work-related major and fatal injuries per 100,000 employees in each year since 2004; and what progress is being made towards meeting his Department’s Public Service Agreement target 5. (200822)

The following table sets out the published statistics for the years 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.The figures for 2007-08 will be published in autumn 2008.

Rate of reported injury (per 100,000 employees)

Fatal injury

Major injury

Fatal and major injury

2004-05

0.7

117.9

118.6

2005-06

0.6

110.5

111.1

2006-071

0.7

107.0

107.7

1 Provisional

Source:

RIDDOR

The PSA target five is to improve

“By 2008, improve health and safety outcomes in Great Britain through progressive improvement in the control of risk in the workplace”.

The PSA target is measured against six sub-targets, including one for fatal and major injuries—a 3 per cent. reduction on the 2004-05 baseline. The HSE publishes a statistics progress report annually. The latest report for the period 2006-07 indicates that for major and fatal injuries HSE is on track to meet the PSA target.