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Accidents: Children

Volume 494: debated on Friday 19 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were admitted to hospital as a result of an accident in school in each month of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (280449)

I have been asked to reply.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has provided the information in the following table.

The table records figures for Great Britain. No fatal injuries were reported in this period.

Non-fatal injuries to pupils/students1 to age 18, reported to all enforcing authorities2, 2003-04 to 2007-083,4

Year

Month

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-084

January

5

12

15

12

19

February

11

8

15

13

9

March

10

6

27

17

16

April

5

8

8

18

5

May

2

9

9

17

9

June

7

6

5

6

7

July

3

5

1

4

7

August

1

1

1

1

-

September

8

5

7

13

13

October

8

11

5

18

19

November

9

13

14

17

18

December

8

12

11

11

16

Total

77

96

118

147

138

Grand total

576

1 Identified by Standard Occupational Classification (SOC2000) code 0002 ‘Student’.

2 Injuries are reported and defined under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995. These include injuries to employees, self-employed people and members of the public (including students). The information available under RIDDOR 95 includes two categories of severity for members of the public: fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries that cause a person to be taken from the site of the accident to hospital.

3,4 The annual basis is the planning year 1 April to 31 March. Statistics for planning year 2007/08 are currently provisional.

Technical issues relating to the coding of incidents in the HSE’s database mean that there are some data discontinuities. A change during 2003-04 caused an artificial fall in that year in the number of injury reports coded to education and that affects the data series to 2006-07. A subsequent adjustment to the database from the start of 2007-08—to bring about a closer alignment with data prior to 2003-04—has introduced a further discontinuity. HSE statisticians are working to redress these known issues.