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Health and Safety: Workplace Accidents

Volume 689: debated on Thursday 1 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the accident rate for workplace accidents per 100,000 people in 2005-06 in relation to (a) each industry subject to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Rules; and (b) the Health and Safety Executive head office. [HL2059]

The information requested is set out below.

Rates of all reported injuries to workers under RIDDOR for 2005-06

Rate of RIDDOR reported injury per 100,000 workers

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC92)

Agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing (SIC A, B) 1


Construction (SIC F)


Transport, storage and communications (SIC I) 2


Manufacturing (SIC D)


Extractive and utility supply industries (SIC C, E)


Other services (SIC O)


Public administration (SIC L)


Health and social work (SIC N)


Wholesale/retail/hotels (SIC G, H)


Education (SIC M)


Finance/business (SIC J, K)


All industries


1 Excludes sea fishing.

2 Only transport injuries arising from shore-based services are included. Excludes incidents reported under merchant shipping legislation.

For 2005-06, the rate of RIDDOR reportable injuries to HSE staff members in HSE head offices was 107 per 100,000. In the HSE there is a high level of reporting of injuries, particularly of RIDDOR reportable incidents, so these figures are likely to be as close to reality as practicable.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether HSE guidelines on workplace risks place an onus on workers to take reasonable care of themselves. [HL2060]

Section 7 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 imposes a general duty on every employee while at work to take reasonable care for his own health and safety and that of other people who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work. This general duty is supplemented by Regulation 14 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which requires employees to use work equipment properly and to inform their employer of any serious danger to health and safety in the workplace. HSE guidance aimed at employees reminds them of their responsibilities.