Royal Commission on Labour in India: Report(1929)||
Statistics as to non-fatal accidents are confined to those causing serious bodily injury, and the number, though low, has shown a substantial increase during recent years. We believe this to be due to better reporting and more accurate classification, rather than to a real increase in accidents. At the same time we are not satisfied that the information available in regard to non-fatal accidents is adequate. At present fatal accidents and those involving permanent loss of, or injury sight or bearing, fracture of a limb or enforced absence for 20 days must be reported by telephone or telegraph to the inspector and in writing to the Chief Inspector, through the District Magistrate. We would disturb this arrangement, but we would add to the law a requirement that a report of all accidents likely to involve enforced absence in excess of the waiting period under the Workmen's Compensation Act should be sent each week to the Chief Inspector, through District Magistrate.
We recommend this both for the better maintenance of safety statistics and for the better check of the working of the Compensation Act.