HC Deb 18 April 1989 vol 151 cc144-5W
79. Mr. Robert Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he will estimate the number of accidents that go unreported in the agriculture industry.

Mr. Nicholls

All cases of fatal injury in the course of agricultural work activities are reported to the Health and Safety Executive's Her Majesty's agricultural inspectorate. It is not known what proportion of other reportable accidents from agricultural activities go unreported, but it is thought to be more than 50 per cent.

104. Mr. Clay

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many children died in accidents on agricultural premises in 1974, 1979, 1984 and 1988.

Mr. Nicholls

The figures for fatal accidents to children under the age of 16 years on agricultural premises for the years in question are:

1974 25
1979 24
1984 4
11988 10
1 Provisional.

119. Mr. Tom Clarke

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what were the fatal and major injury rates for agriculture in 1974, 1978 and 1988.

Mr. Nicholls

The available information for employees is shown in the table. It has not been possible to produce a series of injury rates for the large number of self-employed and others involved in agricultural activity.

Injury rates per 100,000 employees in the agricultural industry1
Fatal injuries Major injuries2
1974 8.7 n/a
1978 7.1 n/a
31987–88 5.8 152.8
1 Defined as minimum list heading 001 of the 1968 standard industrial classification in 1974 and 1978 and class 01 of the 1980 SIC in 1987–88.
2 The classification of injuries as major was first introduced in 1981.
3 Provisional.