HC Deb 03 September 1909 vol 10 cc879-80W

asked the President of the Board of Trade if he is aware that many of the accidents notified under the Factory and Workshop Acts are caused by the workpeople doing something which they have no right to do and which is not part of their duty; and whether, under the circumstances, he will have an additional

question placed on the Notice of Accident, after question 6, to ask whether the accident occurred in the actual performance of duty or not?


I beg leave to answer this question. Accidents, no doubt, do occur in the manner indicated in the question, but the questions in the form of notice already provide for a full statement of the circumstances of the accident, the occupier being required to report how the accident was caused, the usual employment of the injured man, and the precise occupation in which he was engaged at the time of the accident. The answer to the suggested question would in many cases be a matter of opinion, and perhaps of dispute; and I do not think any useful purpose would be served by including it in the notice.

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