Partial disclosure of data on major accidents

A total of 33 major accidents involving dangerous substances were notified to the Health and Safety Executive between 1985 and 1992, a parliamentary answer by junior Employment Minister Patrick McLoughlin has revealed.1

The statistics provided by Mr McLoughlin appear to be the first public listing of the major accidents notified to the HSE under the Control of Major Industrial Accident Hazards Regulations 1984 and the substances involved (see table ). A "major accident" is defined as one which results in "a serious danger to persons, whether immediate or delayed, inside or outside the installation, or to the environment". The table indicates that more than

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