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Railways: Accidents

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) drivers, (b) conductors or other train staff and (c) passengers have been (i) killed and (ii) injured in railway accidents that did not occur within railway stations in each of the last 10 years; and what cause was attributed to each incident. (323727)

Accidents and incidents on the railways are reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95). Under these regulations, the geographical location of the accident/ incident is recorded. There is no further breakdown of location into a sub-category, e.g. station, signal box, on the line. Therefore, the breakdown of the data for accidents that have not occurred at stations and the cause of each accident could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the number of fatal injuries and non fatal injuries for the period 1999 to 2008 for all railway employees, including contractors, and passengers that have occurred on railway infrastructure can be provided and is shown in Tables 1 and 2. The data for railway employees have been broken down into train drivers, conductors and other train crew and other railway employees.

Table 1: Fatal injuries, passengers and railway employees 1999 to 2008, all railways

Passengers

Train drivers

Conductors and other train crew

Other railway employees

Total

1999

54

2

0

3

59

2000

15

0

0

4

19

2001

17

2

2

5

26

2002

23

0

0

4

27

2003

13

1

0

4

18

2004

13

1

0

9

23

2005

10

2

0

2

16

2006

8

2

1

1

12

2007

6

0

0

2

8

2008

5

0

0

4

9

Table 2: Non-fatal injuries, passengers and railway employees 1999 to 2008, all railways

Passengers

Train drivers

Conductors and other train crew

Other railway employees

Total

1999

2,737

426

182

1,875

5,220

2000

2,697

401

164

1,958

5,220

2001

2,564

409

141

1,884

4,998

2002

2,485

380

151

1,953

4,969

2003

2,550

372

167

1,809

4,898

2004

2,627

327

280

1,693

4,927

2005

2,800

326

258

1,695

5,079

2006

2,539

291

241

1,215

4,286

2007

2,801

209

263

959

4,232

2008

2,489

247

225

836

3,797

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) fatalities, (b) injuries and (c) incidents of damage to property on the railways have been recorded in each of the last five years; and what cause was attributed to each incident. (323729)

The number of fatalities and injuries on the railways for the period 2004-08 is shown in Tables 1 and 2. The information is based on accidents notified to the independent Office of Rail Regulation under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95).

Table 1: Fatal injuries, 2004-08

Number

Category

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Passengers

13

10

8

6

5

Railway employees1

10

6

4

2

4

Other members of the public

12

17

11

14

19

Trespassers and suicides

253

281

320

287

291

Total

288

314

343

309

319

1 Includes contractors.

Table 2: Non-fatal injuries, 2004-08

Number

Category

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Passengers

2,627

2,800

2,539

2,801

2,489

Railway employees1

2,300

2,279

1,747

1,431

1,308

Other members of the public

69

60

73

51

58

Trespassers and suicides

132

127

140

122

156

Total

5,128

5,266

4,499

4,405

4,011

1 Includes contractors.

The number of incidents of damage to property is neither reported or held by the independent Office of Rail Regulation.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what the last 100 railway incidents reported to the Office of Rail Regulation, Her Majesty’s Railway Inspectorate and the Health and Safety Executive were in each constituent part of the UK. (323733)

In line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, the independent Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) is unable to provide information on the last 100 incidents reported to them.

Statements of how ORR is following the code can be found on its website at:

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server/show/nav.1862

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) individuals, (b) firms, (c) companies and (d) other organisations have been prosecuted for breaches of (i) health and safety and (ii) other legislation in respect of railway incidents in each year since its inception. (323734)

Since its inception as the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain’s railways on 1 April 2006, the independent Office of Rail Regulation has brought 20 successful prosecutions for breaches of health and safety legislation in respect of railway incidents. Details of these prosecutions can be found on the independent Office of Rail Regulation’s website at:

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk

The independent Office of Rail Regulation has not brought any prosecutions for breaches of other legislation.

Details of prosecutions taken by the Health and Safety Executive prior to 2006 can be found in the Health and Safety Executive annual reports on railway safety, copies of which are available from the Libraries of the House.