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Industrial Accidents: Vehicles

Volume 478: debated on Thursday 26 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons fatalities involving at-work vehicles are not included in the fatalities of workers recorded annually by the Health and Safety Executive; and if he will make a statement. (212851)

[holding answer 20 June 2008]: Fatalities recorded by the HSE are notified under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), which only require employers to notify HSE of fatal accidents that occur within the workplace or when they involve a specific road side activity.

The police are responsible for the investigation of fatalities that occur on public roads, whether or not the vehicle is involved in a work activity, and collect information which is used by the Department for Transport to compile their Annual Statistics on Road Casualties.