Agriculture: Accidents

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Lord Kennedy of Southwark Lord Kennedy of Southwark Shadow Spokesperson (Housing), Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Communities and Local Government), Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) deaths, and (2) serious injuries, (a) on farms, and (b) in the agricultural sector, have occurred in each year since 1990 until the last year for which records are available.

Photo of Baroness Buscombe Baroness Buscombe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The available information is given in the following tables.

Table 1: Number of fatal injuries to both workers (employees and the self-employed) and members of the public (a) on farms and (b) in the agricultural sector each year (where data is available) from 1990/91-2016/17.

Source: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

Farms (a)

Agriculture Sector (b)

Year

Workers

Members of the public

Workers

Members of the public

1990/91

-

-

52

15

1991/92

-

-

50

5

1992/93

-

-

40

12

1993/94

-

-

38

3

1994/95

-

-

46

5

1995/96

-

-

40

5

1996/97

-

-

55

9

1997/98

-

-

40

11

1998/99

-

-

46

9

1999/00

-

-

36

8

2000/01

-

-

46

7

2001/02

37

2

39

2

2002/03

29

3

35

3

2003/04

19

6

44

6

2004/05

30

3

37

3

2005/06

32

8

33

8

2006/07

28

7

33

7

2007/08

41

1

46

2

2008/09

22

5

25

5

2009/10

35

5

39

5

2010/11

30

7

34

8

2011/12

27

6

35

6

2012/13

29

5

31

5

2013/14

26

4

27

4

2014/15

30

3

32

4

2015/16r

26

2

27

2

2016/17p

26

3

27

3

Table 2: Number of reported non-fatal injuries to employees (a) on farms and (b) in the agricultural sector each year (where data is available) from 1990/91 to 2015/16

Source: Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR)

Year

Farms (a)

Agriculture sector (b)

1990/91

-

1,761

1991/92

-

1,827

1992/93

-

1,844

1993/94

-

1,760

1994/95

-

1,721

1995/96

-

1,687

1996/97

-

2,135

1997/98

-

2,005

1998/99

-

1,863

1999/00

-

2,067

2000/01

-

1,967

2001/02

1,852

2,066

2002/03

1,488

1,680

2003/04

985

1,175

2004/05

951

1,147

2005/06

892

1,058

2006/07

806

986

2007/08

908

1,117

2008/09

967

1,143

2009/10

996

1,183

2010/11

800

948

2011/12

881

1,110

2012/13 (c)

681

861

2013/14 (c)

688

861

2014/15r (c)

785

936

2015/16p (c)

727

883

Footnotes

Non-fatal injury data for 2016/17 will be published in November 2017

(a) Farms defined as Division 02, Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities, of the 2007 Standard Industrial Classification.

(b) Agriculture defined as Section A, Agriculture, forestry and fishing, of the 2007 Standard Industrial Classification.

(c) Due to a major change in the RIDDOR reporting requirements in April 2012, injuries reported prior to 2012/13 are not directly comparable with later years.

- Due to changes in the Standard Industrial Classification, data only available for Farming from 2001/02

r- revised; p- provisional

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