Written Answers - Health and Safety Regulations.

Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 606 No. 10

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  200.  Mr. S. Ryan  Information on Seán Ryan  Zoom on Seán Ryan   asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment  Information on Micheál Martin  Zoom on Micheál Martin   the number of deaths and injuries reported arising from industrial accidents in each year from 2000 to 2004 and to date in 2005; the further steps he intends to take to reduce the level of such accidents; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25435/05]

Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Mr. Killeen): Information on Tony Killeen  Zoom on Tony Killeen  The number of workplace accidents and deaths recorded for the years from 2000 to 2005 — 23 September has been forwarded to the Deputy. The statistics show that the rate of workplace accidents per 100,000 employers has shown [196]a steady decline since the year 2000. I am confident that the Health and Safety Authority will continue through its various prevention and enforcement programmes to achieve improvements in safety and health at work.

The Government’s commitment to ensuring appropriate standards of health and safety in Irish workplaces is reflected in the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, which came into operation on 1 September 2005. The Act replaced the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 1989 and provides a modern legal framework to guarantee best international practice in regard to health and safety in Irish workplaces.

The Act also strikes an appropriate balance between imposing duties, encouraging better consultation at workplace level on occupational safety and health matters, and providing for an improved focus on better prevention systems.

The following statistics for workplace accidents are based on the number of occupational injuries claims, OIB, accepted in the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

Workplace accidents for years 2000 to 2004.*

Number of OIB claims accepted Number of Employees in the workforce overall Rate per 100,000 employees
2000 11,995 1,355,600 885
2001 12,050 1,406,400 857
2002 12,280 1,440,000 852
2003 11,096 1,502,800 738
2004 11705 1,835,900 638


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