HC Deb 23 July 1973 vol 860 cc265-6W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what convenient figures he has available to show the mortality rate of men working in North Sea oil rigs, between 1968 and 1971, compared to men working in coal mines, and average shore-based industry.

Mr. Emery

The total number of persons killed in the four years was 10 out of a labour force which probably aver- aged rather more than 1,000, giving an annual mortality rate of about two for 1,000 persons employed. Precisely comparable figures are not available, but over the same period deaths per 1,000 employees in other industries were approximately as follows: trawlermen 3.7; coal mines 0.3; construction industry 0.2; and manufacturing industry 004. The figures for trawlermen includes deaths arising from the loss of three trawlers in 1968.

Mr. Sillars

asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees have been killed or severely injured while working at North Sea oil operations since work first started in this new industry.

Mr. Emery

There have been 28 deaths including 13 in the loss of the "Sea Gem" in 1965, and 209 injuries, excluding minor injuries.