Window Cleaners (Accidents)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12 November 1956.

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Photo of Mr Somerville Hastings Mr Somerville Hastings , Barking 12:00, 12 November 1956

asked the Minister of Health how many deaths occurred as the result of a fall in cleaning windows in each of the last three years by professional window cleaners and others, respectively.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

The information desired is not available.

Photo of Mr Somerville Hastings Mr Somerville Hastings , Barking

Does the Minister realise that every year many window cleaners are killed? Would he consider consulting the Home Secretary to see whether something can be done, by way of regulation or otherwise, to make this industry less dangerous and, if necessary, whether an inquiry should not be made as to the number of deaths and what can be done in the matter?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

I think the supplementary point raised by the hon. Member is more a question for the Home Office. The difficulty about dividing accidents from falls into those concerned with window cleaning and those not is that it would be necessary, after separating those cases from the records, to check in every case on the coroner's certificate to see whether falling from a ladder while window cleaning was the cause of the accident.