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HSE calls for safe working at height

The Health and Safety Executive has called for construction workers and employers to ensure their safety when working at height, after a man fell to his death from scaffolding earlier this month.

The 31-year-old died in the Hastings area on Monday 10 August, and the Health and Safety Executive has drawn attention to the fact that more people die in the construction industry every year than any of the other main UK industry groups.

It said the number of accidents would drop if companies followed proper procedures designed to protect building site workers. In 2007/08, 72 people in the construction sector died, with nearly half (32) losing their life after falling from height.

HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said: “The entire construction industry needs to make sure that workers are properly trained and supervised for the tasks they are given and that they follow accepted industry practices - such as taking measures to prevent falls.

“Falls remain the biggest cause of serious and fatal accidents in the construction sector and everybody must play their part if this toll of avoidable accidents is to stop. It is simple - work to the recognised industry standards and working practices and falls can be prevented.”