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Lost Working Days

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many working days were lost due to work-related ill health and injury per worker in each year since 2004; and what progress has been made towards meeting his Department’s Public Service Agreement target 5. (200444)

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

Estimated average days lost per worker due to work-related illness and workplace injury

Days lost per worker

95 per cent. C.I.

Central

Lower

Upper

2004-05

1.53

1.41

1.66

2005-06

1.31

1.2

1.43

2006-07

1.55

1.42

1.68

Note:

95 per cent. C.I.: 95 per cent. confidence interval, the range within which we are 95 per cent. confident that the true value lies in the absence of bias.

The PSA target 5 is to

“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 working days lost—a 9 per cent. reduction in the 2004-05 baseline. The Health and Safety Executive publishes a statistics progress report annually. The latest report for the period 2006-07 indicates that for working days lost, HSE is not on track to meet the PSA target.