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Network Rail: Industrial Accidents

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) employees and (b) contractors of Network Rail have been (i) killed and (ii) injured at work in each year since its inception; and what cause was attributed to each incident. (323728)

Accidents and incidents on the railways are reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95).

Table 1 lists the number of Network Rail employees and its contractors fatally injured while undertaking railway operations reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation. These data exclude such employees fatally injured in road traffic accidents and fatalities arising out of a railway under construction, the latter being reported to the Health and Safety Executive.

The data also exclude other railway employees (e.g. train crew) that have been fatally injured on Network Rail infrastructure. Table 2 lists all reportable railway employee fatalities that have occurred on Network Rail infrastructure since Network Rail was formed in October 2002 to the end of 2008.

Injury data for Network Rail employees and contractors, and information on the cause of each incident could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Table 1: Fatalities to Network Rail employees and contractors October 2002-08

Network Rail employee

Network Rail contractor

Total

2002 (October to December)

0

0

0

2003

0

4

4

2004

0

8

8

2005

0

3

3

2006

0

1

1

2007

2

0

2

2008

0

2

2

Table 2: Fatalities to railway employees on Network Rail infrastructure October 2002-08

Number

2002 (October to December)

0

2003

4

2004

10

2005

5

2006

3

2007

2

2008

2