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Industrial Health and Safety: Construction

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted in (a) prosecution and (b) conviction in each year since 1997. (198837)

The information is as follows:

(a) The most up-to-date figures on the percentage of construction industry workplace deaths in Great Britain, for each of the years between 1999-2000 to 2006-07, that have resulted in a prosecution, are shown in the following table.

Number of deaths

Number of deaths resulting in a prosecution

Percentage

1999-2000

87

33

37

2000-01

113

42

37

2001-02

85

27

32

2002-03

75

30

40

2003-04

75

33

44

2004-05

77

33

43

2005-06

64

12

19

2006-07

84

8

10

The numbers of prosecutions for later years, particularly 2005-06 and 2006-07, will increase as it can be a number of years after the fatality before the resulting prosecution comes to court.

The fatality figures are based on deaths reported under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

(b) The most up-to-date figures on the percentage of convictions (based on the numbers of prosecution cases raised), relating to the above construction industry fatalities in Great Britain, are shown in the following table.

Number of prosecution cases raised

Number of guilty convictions

Percentage

1999-2000

44

39

89

2000-01

68

59

87

2001-02

42

32

76

2002-03

45

33

73

2003-04

59

45

76

2004-05

59

45

76

2005-06

17

14

82

2006-07

9

All cases ongoing

These figures show the numbers of prosecution cases which have been raised and convictions for those cases completed. For a number of deaths, more than one prosecution case has been raised.

The numbers of cases raised and number of convictions for later years, particularly 2005-06 and 2006-07, will increase as it can be a number of years after the fatality before the related prosecution cases are heard by the courts.

All current prosecution cases relating to fatalities in 2006/07 are still progressing through the courts and have not yet reached a verdict.

Detailed information is only available in the form requested from 1999-2000 onwards and published figures for fatalities in 2007-08 are not yet available.