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Industrial Health and Safety: Prosecutions

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions the Health and Safety Executive brought for breaches of health and safety law by employers that led to an illness believed to be caused or made worse by their current or past work in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254210)

From 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2008, the Health and Safety Executive took the following number of successful prosecution cases against employers for instances of work related ill health:

Number

2004-05

5

2005-06

3

2006-07

2

2007-08

3

These prosecutions resulted from action taken following the investigation of cases of reported occupational disease, or where employee work related ill health was identified during other HSE interventions.

Across the same period, HSE has successfully prosecuted many more employers for failing to control the risks of their work activities to their workers’ and others health.

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions the Health and Safety Executive made for breaches of health and safety law by employers that led to a workplace fatality in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254284)

From 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2008, the Health and Safety Executive took the following number of successful prosecution cases against employers for instances of work related fatalities:

Number

2004-05

108

2005-06

79

2006-07

104

2007-08

98

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many successful prosecutions the Health and Safety Executive brought for breaches of health and safety law by employers that led to a workplace injury in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008. (254209)

From 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2008, the Health and Safety Executive took the following number of successful prosecution cases against employers for instances of work related injury:

Number

2004-05

380

2005-06

306

2006-07

277

2007-08

274

These figures exclude prosecutions of work-related fatalities.