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Industrial Accidents: Construction

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many prosecutions have been brought under health and safety legislation in respect of fatal accidents in the construction industry in each year since 1997; and how many of them resulted in convictions. (255867)

The number of prosecutions brought under health and safety legislation in respect of fatal injuries in the construction industry, and resulting convictions, is as shown in the following table:

Prosecutions

Convictions

1999-2000

39

37

2000-01

45

39

2001-02

46

43

2002-03

59

50

2003-04

48

39

2004-05

54

46

2005-06

36

27

2006-07

44

38

2007-08

51

44

Detailed information is only available in the form requested from 1999-2000 onwards. Data is not yet available for 2008-09.

These figures show, for each year, the number of prosecution cases resulting from fatal injuries in the construction industry, for which the last hearing date fell within the relevant year, and the number of those which have as yet resulted in at least one successful conviction.

The numbers of prosecutions include 14 cases where the prosecution has been commenced but is not yet complete.