Health and Safety Executive

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 29th April 2021.

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Photo of Imran Hussain Imran Hussain Shadow Minister (Employment Rights and Protections)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if she will publish a classification of the matters being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive for the 2020-21 annual reporting period.

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

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has no plans to routinely publish the classification of the matters being investigated.

For information, Table 1 below provides details of incidents which occurred in 2020/21 which were investigated or are under investigation following a report received under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).

Please note these figures do not include 183,632 COVID related spot checks carried out by HSE in 2020/21

RIDDOR INVESTIGATIONS

Count

Dangerous Occurrences

260

High fall (over 2m)

152

Contact with machinery

146

COVID-19 non-fatal

134

Dangerous Gas Fittings

112

Struck by object

92

Other ill health

88

COVID-19 fatal

68

Low fall (up to & inc. 2m)

67

Struck by moving vehicle

59

Another kind of accident

48

Slip, trip, fall same level

40

Injured by an animal

32

Trapped by something collapsing

32

Exposure to harmful substance

23

Struck against

20

Gas Incidents

19

Contact with electricity

16

Exposed to fire

16

Lifting and handling injuries

13

Physical assault

10

Fall (height not known)

8

Drowned or asphyxiated

5

Exposed to explosion

5

TOTAL

1465

Table 2 below provides details of workplace concerns which were raised in 2020/21 and investigated or are still under investigation by an Inspector.

CONCERNS

Count

Construction

2211

Gas

391

COVID*

1192

Other

5813

Pesticides

37

Working Time

5

TOTAL

9649

Table 2

*in the reporting year 2020/21, HSE dealt with almost 21,000 COVID related workplace concerns with the majority being resolved by the national Concerns and Advisory Team without the need to be passed to an Inspector for investigation.

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