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The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Occupational Health and Safety

15 Nov

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Occupational Health and Safety kicked off its 2010/11 programme on 9th November with a hard hitting meeting featuring a presentation by Lord Young on his review of health and safety and compensation and a discussion on the impact of the deficit reduction on HSE and local authorities regulatory and other work. 

Jim Sheridan MP, the new APPG chair, together with Ian Lavery MP and Lisa Nandy MP, closely examined Lord Young on the potential impact of the government’s reforms on the country’s health and safety performance and set out their concerns about proposed changes to RIDDOR injury reporting requirements and the easing of risk assessments on small low risk businesses. Lord Young was forthright in his responses as the MPs were in setting out their views.

 The British Safety Council,  which regularly attends the APPG meetings, had hoped that more MPs and Peers would take advantage of the opportunity to hear Lord Young first hand and share their views on his review and separate but equally important issue of cuts in HSE and local authority budgets for health and safety enforcement. The APPG will have a vital role to play in helping MPs and Peers influence the future direction of travel.        

For a full list of APPG members, click here>>

Neal Stone, Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Fatality statistics released as company is fined just £1 for worker’s death

27 Oct

The British Safety Council while welcoming the continued downward trend in the published HSE statistics in workplace fatalities and major injuries, urges the government and Lord Young to take great care in the planned reforms of health and safety.

Neal Stone, head of policy and public affairs says: “Although workplace fatal and major injuries fell in 2009/10 the stark reality is that 152 workers were killed and more than 26,000 suffered major injuries. These are real people not cold statistics. They must not be forgotten.

The fine of £1 imposed at Preston Crown Court on Glenmill Group this week following conviction for breach of health and safety law which contributed to worker Peter Walton’s death, sends out all of the wrong messages.

Thousands of workers are still being injured or made ill by work – the 2009/10 stats are evidence that Peter Walton’s preventable death was not an exception but sadly an all too frequent occurrence in a society that has still to grasp the harm and loss that poorly managed health and safety brings. A £1 fine is an insult to Peter Walton’s family.”

For a full copy of the HSE statistics click here>>

Key statistics published by HSE (27 Oct 2010)

  • 1.3 million people who worked during the last year were suffering from an illness (long standing as well as new cases) they believed was caused or made worse by their current or past work. 555 000 of these were new cases.
  • 152 workers were killed at work, a rate of 0.5 per 100 000 workers.
  • 121 430 other injuries to employees were reported under RIDDOR, a rate of 473 per 100 000 employees.
  • 233 000 reportable injuries occurred, according to the Labour Force Survey, a rate of 840 per 100 000 workers.
  • 28.5 million days were lost overall (1.2 days per worker), 23.4 million due to work-related ill health and 5.1 million due to workplace injury.