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

Supplementary memorandum by The Bristol Port Company (P 22A)

  Further to the letter dated 29 March, I am delighted to lay out for you our actual statistics for accidents since privatisation in August 1991. The table, which I believe is the industry norm, shows a significant decrease in accidents.

Average No. of Staff Employed
No. of Incidents Per Annum over One Day Absence
Accident Incidence Rate
1980 to 1990-91
1991 to current

  The above is misleading as we have more than doubled the cargo through the Port in the last ten years. The true picture is better represented by:

    10 years prior to privatisation—One accident per 109,000 tonnes handled

    Post privatisation—One accident per 539,000 tonnes handled

  We would not wish to give the impression that we are happy with our current accident rate, but I think it is a creditable performance since the reporting of accidents is now very significantly better policed than it was in the past.

2 April 2001

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