§ Mr. TILLETT
asked the Home Secretary the comparative number of accidents occurring in docks during the past year as compared with the two previous years; and whether the number and comparison of accidents, fatal and general, are greater in industrial, mining and railway occupations?2590W
§ Mr. BRIDGEMAN
The number of accidents reported under the Factory Act as occurring in docks during the last three years is:
These figures include certain warehouses, but otherwise are limited to accidents in the processes of loading, unloading and coaling. For the purpose of comparison with factory, mining and railway occupations, the only statistics of employment available are those compiled from the returns rendered under the Workmen's Compensation Act. On the basis of these statistics, the accident rate for docks is much higher than that for all factory industries taken together, and probably approximates to that of the most dangerous factory work. It is also higher than that for railways, but exceeded by that for mines.
In 1920 … … … 7,085 In 1921 … … … 4,959 In 1922 … … … 5,912