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Industrial Health and Safety

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 10th January 2008.

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Photo of Paul Rowen Paul Rowen Shadow Minister, Work & Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported to and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last four years.

Photo of Anne McGuire Anne McGuire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The information requested is as follows:

(a) The numbers of Incidents reported to HSE (i.e. those reportable under RIDDOR—reporting of injuries, diseases, and dangerous occurrences regulations), and the number of these incidents which meet the Health and Safety Commission's (HSC) investigation selection criteria and which are investigated, in each of the last four years are as follows:

Al HSE Reportable RIDDOR Incidents Numbers investigated meeting HSC's selection criteria
2003-04 148,592 5,288
2004-05 141,740 4,890
2005-06 138,848 4,677
2006-07 134,418 5,567

(b) The numbers of complaints reported to HSE, and investigated, in each of the last four years are as follows:

Total number of complaints reported Total number investigated( 1)
2003-04 24,404 22,528
2004-05 22,794 21,633
2005-06 21,074 19,675
2006-07 18,865 18,540
A majority of complaints are investigated by Complaints Officers and not HSE Inspectors. Dependent on the seriousness of the nature of the complaint it may be referred to an inspector to investigate.

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