HC Deb 18 June 1993 vol 226 cc744-5W
Mr. Clapham

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment how many fatalities per 1,000 man-shifts there were for each of the last 10 complete years for which statistics are available(a) in private coal mines, (b) among sub-contract workers doing work for British Coal and (c) amongst British Coal's employees.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

A fatality rate based on man-shifts is not available for private mines.

The table shows the fatalities per 100,000 man-shifts at British Coal Corporation—BCC—mines from 1985–86, the first year for which a discrete rate for BCC mines was calculated by the Health and Safety Executive's—HSE —inspectorate of mines.

Fatal accidents to sub-contractors at BCC mines are included in the rates shown in the table. Separate records for sub-contractors have not been maintained by the HSE.

British coal corporation mines
Year Fatal injury rate per 100,000 shifts1
1985–86 0.08
1986–87 0.05
1987–88 0.04
year Fatal injury rate per 100,000 shifts1
1988–89 0.08
1989x2013;90 0.01
1990–91 0.07
1991–92 0.08
21992–93 0.03
1 Includes accidents to contractors working at BCC mines.
2 Provisional.