Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Supplementary note to Questions (P 07B)


  1.  Paragraphs 474 and 475 refer to questions regarding the statement in the PSO submission that the accident rate in 1999 was 30 per cent of the accident rate in 1969.

  2.  The answer given in paragraph 475 should clarify what that that percentage meant and that that comparison is valid and correct for those two years.

  3.  In answering the question in paragraph 474, I said that in 1971 one in four dock workers suffered a serious personal injury (ie an injury reportable to HSE).

  4.  In paragraph 477 the Chairman asked whether the 30 per cent reduction meant that the comparable figure was now one in 12 and I said "something of that order".

  5.  Whilst the application of 30 per cent to one in four would result in one in 13, that is not the correct comparison for that particular year.

  6.  The accident rate for 1971 was the highest that has been recorded for the industry. To use the HSE's terminology (see its evidence), it equated to 26,500 per 100,000. HSE says that the industry's rate for 1999 was 3,000 per 100,000 and that it is the best measure of the degree of improvement the industry has made.

  7.  Whilst it is accepted that much more needs to be done, we do believe that considerable improvements have already been made and that the above-mentioned facts show this to be so.

Mike Compton

Director, Ports' Safety Organisation

3 April 2001

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