The average time taken in days to complete those investigations is given in the table 1.
2010 to 2014
2015 - 2020
2010 to 2020
Incident Date to Closed Date
Records with Primacy* Date recorded until Closed Date
* Primacy is when the lead for investigating the incident passes to HSE from the police.
The average completion time analysis is based on the difference in days between the incident/primacy date and the date that the investigation case was closed on its operational database rather than the date the investigation was concluded which is not recorded. The administrative practice of closing investigation cases has changed over the past 10 years and has not always been as soon as possible after the completion of the investigation. This explains the difference in the reduction in the time taken to complete an investigation as highlighted in Table 1 in addition to the operational improvements that have been made to reduce the time taken.
The figures were extracted from HSE’s live operational database and provide the picture on the date of extraction i.e. 8 October 2020.