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Arboriculture statistics

All injuries in Arboriculture broken down by employment status as reported to all enforcing authorities under the Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95) during 2002/03 - 2010/11p*

Aboriculture
Employment status Severity Year Total
2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06 2006/07 2007/08 2008/09 2009/10 2010/11p
Employee Fatal injuries 2 - 1 - 2 - - - 1 6
Non-Fatal Major Injuries 45 39 54 50 54 46 39 45 47 419
Over 3 day injuries  103 96 102 92 97 100 90 67 70 817
Total 150 135 157 142 153 146 129 112 118 1242
Self Employed Fatal injuries 3 3 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 20
Non-Fatal Major Injuries 9 8 12 17 7 9 9 15 11 97
Over 3 day injuries  2 7 5 1 2 3 7 8 3 38
Total 14 18 20 19 12 13 19 24 16 155
Member of the public Fatal injuries - - - - 1 - - - - 1
Non fatal to MOPS - 3 5 1 4 5 3 4 5 30
Total - 3 5 1 5 5 3 4 5 31
Total Fatal injuries 5 3 4 1 6 1 3 1 3 27
Non-Fatal Major Injuries 54 47 66 67 61 55 48 60 58 516
Over 3 day injuries  105 103 107 93 99 103 97 75 73 855
Non fatal to MOPS 0 3 5 1 4 5 3 4 5 30
Total 164 156 182 162 170 164 151 140 139 1428

Small numbers

This output includes counts that are relatively small numbers. (Further information that explains the need for caution when making comparisons that involve small numbers)

A further factor that needs consideration when numbers are small is that the coding of data is by its nature an error-prone process. Miscoding is more likely to occur as the coding becomes more detailed. Thus, for example, when the industrial sector (SIC) or nature of employment (SOC) is coded to a four digit level coding errors may have an important bearing. 

General caveats on RIDDOR data

General caveats on RIDDOR data

RIDDOR data needs to be interpreted with care because it is known that non-fatal injuries are substantially under-reported. Currently, it is estimated that just over half of all such injuries to employees are actually reported, with the self-employed reporting a much smaller proportion. (Further information on the caveats that should be applied to analysis of RIDDOR data).

  1. Counts of non-fatal injuries reported under RIDDOR will almost always underestimate by a considerable amount the total that would have been recorded if there had been 100% reporting.
  2. Any comparisons between different subsets within RIDDOR data (e.g. comparisons between one industrial sector and another) need to take account of the possibility of there being markedly different reporting levels in the subsets being compared. 

Members of the Public (MOPs)

'The criteria for the reportability of accidents to members of the public are complex leading to uncertainty as to whether some cases are reportable. This leads to variability the data'. 

'The recording systems for reports of non-fatal accidents in sectors enforced by Local Authorities were modified in 08/09. This has resulted in a discontinuity in the time series for these data. Thus the apparent rise in the number of accidents in 08/09 and 09/10 is likely to be an artefact of these changes in the recording systems.'

2015-11-19