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Transport: Fatalities

Volume 689: debated on Wednesday 21 February 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In respect of the national statistics for 2005-06 published by the Health and Safety Commission, why, in the section on page 12 on injuries to members of the public (a) statistics are included for “fatal injuries due to suicides/trespass on the railways” when railway safety is now the responsibility of the Office of Rail Regulation; and (b) why no statistics are included for fatal injuries on the roads. [HL2010]

The health and safety statistics for 2005-06 cover all cases of death, injury and ill health which are reportable to the health and safety enforcing authorities, including the Office of Rail Regulation, under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995.

Road traffic legislation is not enforced by the health and safety enforcing authorities, so most road accidents are not reportable under RIDDOR.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

In respect of the national statistics for 2005-06 published by the Health and Safety Commission, whether, in the section on page 13 on ill health and injuries by industry sector, the transport and communications statistics include people working on road maintenance and construction and those driving as part of their employment; and within the transport and communications sector, what are the separate figures for road and rail transport.[HL2011]

The health and safety statistics for ill health and injuries by industry sector are based on the Labour Force Survey (LFS). The statistics by sector do include people working on road maintenance and construction but they are classified under the construction sector, not the transport and communications sector.

Injuries from road traffic accidents are not included in these LFS statistics. This is in order to be consistent with the scope of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995, which forms the basis for the statistics published by the HSC and does not require the majority of road accidents to be reported to the health and safety enforcing authorities.

However, ill health reporting requirements in RIDDOR do not exclude work-related driving. Any cases of work-related illness ascribed by respondents to driving as part of their employment are included under the appropriate industry sector for that employment, including transport and communications, but they are not separately identifiable.

The standard industry classification does not allow road and rail transport to be clearly separated within the transport and communication section code.