Supplementary note to Questions (P 07B)
CLARIFICATION OF POSITION REGARDING ACCIDENT
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
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.
Director, Ports' Safety Organisation
3 April 2001