Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Industrial Accidents.

Thursday, 26 February 1976

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 288 No. 6

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Mr. C. Murphy: Information on Ciaran P. Murphy  Zoom on Ciaran P. Murphy  asked the Minister for Labour the number of industrial accidents which occurred in 1975; and the resultant number of work days lost.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael 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.

It is not possible from these returns to calculate reliably the total number of work days lost attributable to industrial accidents.

Mr. C. Murphy: Information on Ciaran P. Murphy  Zoom on Ciaran P. Murphy  For comparison purposes, would the Minister have any statistics in relation to previous years?

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  The point of the Deputy's Question was to calculate from the number of industrial accidents [907] 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. C. Murphy: Information on Ciaran P. Murphy  Zoom on Ciaran P. Murphy  What I had in mind was the effects industrial accidents had on man-days lost.

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael 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.

Mr. C. Murphy: Information on Ciaran P. Murphy  Zoom on Ciaran P. Murphy  I was anxious to get a comparable figure for last year.

Mr. Dowling: Information on Joseph Dowling  Zoom on Joseph Dowling  The Minister referred to man-days. Does this include woman-days?

Mr. M. O'Leary: Information on Michael O'Leary  Zoom on Michael O'Leary  Yes.


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