HC Deb 27 January 1998 vol 305 cc124-5W
Charlotte Atkins

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions how many prosecutions the Health and Safety Executive has carried out under the Manual Handling Regulations since they came into force; and of these how many were against(a) health care employers, (b) local government employers and (c) private residential homes. [25006]

Angela Eagle

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 came into force on 1 January 1993. Between then and 31 March 1997, the Health and Safety Executive has taken eight cases, involving the laying of 15 information's. Ten of the resulting charges produced successful convictions.

One case was taken against a local government employer. This case resulted in two convictions. No cases were taken against health care employers.

Local authorities enforce the Manual Handling Operations Regulations in private residential homes; HSE has therefore taken no prosecutions against private residential homes.

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