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Industrial Health and Safety: Inspections

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Shabana Mahmood Shabana Mahmood Labour, Birmingham, Ladywood

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Health and Safety Executive investigations have exceeded 12 months in duration in each of the last three years.

Photo of Mims Davies Mims Davies The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

HSE’s Key Performance Indicators for fatal and non-fatal investigations completed are published in its Annual Report as a percentage. In 2019/20, the target for fatal investigations is the completion of 80% within 12 months of HSE assuming primacy and for non-fatal investigations the target is 90% within 12 months.

For work related deaths, the police initially take the lead for the investigation and primacy is passed to HSE when they decide not to press charges under their legislation. The percentage of those fatal and non-fatal investigations which exceeded 12 months in duration in the last 3 years are:

Fatal investigations not completed within 12 months of primacy:

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

28%

25%

35%(p)

Non-fatal investigations not completed within 12 months:

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

10%

11%

11%(p)

The above figures are taken from data published in HSE’s Annual Report and Accounts 2018/19.

(p) – Provisional and based on live operational information and is therefore subject to change.

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