Industrial Health and Safety

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th May 2016.

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Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Social Justice and Welfare)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unplanned Health and Safety Executive inspections took place in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Eilidh Whiteford Eilidh Whiteford Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Social Justice and Welfare)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many unplanned Health and Safety Executive inspections were conducted at construction sites in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Work and Pensions) (Disabled People)

HSE does not carry out unplanned inspections, but targets its proactive visits (the majority of which are unannounced) based on intelligence about industry risk profiles and duty holder performance. The following table provides the available data for the last 5 years (HSE does not hold data for inspections in Northern Ireland):

Inspections1

Scotland

England

Wales

Region not recorded3

2011/12

HSE

2215

18010

1289

200

Construction2

1290

9883

942

173

2012/13

HSE

2787

18177

1125

151

Construction2

1283

9009

627

128

2013/14

HSE

2124

19869

1448

157

Construction2

958

10384

541

136

2014/15

HSE

1700

16980

1320

120

Construction2

649

8987

526

110

2015/16

HSE

2082

14774

1170

105

Construction2

873

7794

453

97

Notes:

1 – The data provided is based on live, operational records as at 25 May 2016.

2 – This represents inspections of construction activities carried out by inspectors in Construction Division and by inspectors in other HSE divisions at sites with the Standard Industrial Classifications 41-43.

3 –The regional location is determined by local authority area, which may not have been confirmed at the time of recording.

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