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Industrial Accidents

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent steps his Department has taken to improve support for victims of workplace accidents following convictions under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. (268418)

HSE has a well-established approach to supporting the bereaved and the victims of accidents at work. This is set out in HSE’s policy, which is available on its web pages. In addition, HSE produces printed packs for bereaved families and information leaflets for the bereaved and victims of accidents and occupational ill health. These include explanations of HSE’s role, the investigation and criminal prosecution process, access to information collected by HSE for use in compensation claims and other organisations that can help and support relatives through their grief. These are updated as appropriate; the packs for the bereaved in both Scotland and in England and Wales have been recently updated. HSE also contributes to support through the work-related death protocol, which involves HSE, local authorities, ACPO, British Transport police, ORR and CPS.