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Industrial Health and Safety: Death

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fatal accidents at work there were in each of the last 20 years. (257972)

The information requested is as follows:

Fatal injuries to workers1 as reported to all enforcing authorities, 1988-89 to 2007-082,3

Employees

Self-employed

Workers

1988-894

529

80

609

1989-90

370

105

475

1990-91

346

87

433

1991-92

297

71

368

1992-93

276

63

339

1993-94

245

51

296

1994-95

191

81

272

1995-96

209

49

258

1996-975

207

80

287

1997-98

212

62

274

1998-99

188

65

253

1999-2000

162

58

220

2000-01

213

79

292

2001-02

206

45

251

2002-03

183

44

227

2003-04

168

68

236

2004-05

172

51

223

2005-06

164

53

217

2006-07

191

56

247

2007-082

179

50

229

1 The term 'workers' includes employees and the self-employed combined

2 Provisional

3 The annual basis is the planning year 1 April to 31 March

4 The Piper Alpha disaster occurred in July 1988. The fatality count for 1988-89 therefore reflects the 167 deaths that occurred in this single incident

5 Changes in the legislation covering accident reporting came into effect in April 1996. Prior to this date reports were made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1985. From 1996-97 onwards reports were made under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995.