Thursday, 26 February 1976
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. M. O'Leary: The number of industrial accidents which occurred in 1975 and which have been reported to me under the Factories Act, 1955, and the Mines and Quarries Act, 1965, is 3,572. These relate, in the case of accidents reported under the Factories Act, to accidents where a person was disabled for more than three days from earning full wages and, in the case of the Mines and Quarries Act, to accidents causing serious bodily injury.
Mr. M. O'Leary: The point of the Deputy's Question was to calculate from the number of industrial accidents  the number of work days lost. I have indicated that the only two Acts under which we have material in relation to factors such as man-days lost are the Factories Act, 1965 and the Quarries Act, 1965.
Mr. M. O'Leary: We publish each year the inspectors' reports which give an idea of the number of fatal accidents in industry. They are reported year after year and if the Deputy is anxious to compare year with year, the reports show a large proportion of fatal accidents. I shall be happy to supply the Deputy with the relevant reports.
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