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More control needed for subbies at height


Sir, The Health and Safety Executive reported during 2003-04 that 67 people died and nearly 4,000 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace.

When examined more closely, these statistics show a picture of injuries and deaths occurring primarily in the selfemployed work sector.

These figures suggest that a tighter control of subcontract workers is required.

Too many peop le a re being allowed to work at height with inadequate equipment or training.

All too often there is a lack of control measures such as permits to work and checks on an individual's competence.

Instead of focusing so many resources on rehabilitating those who have been injured, how about improving the safety of those working at height by encouraging investment in the training of subcontractors?

Main contractors need to be stricter with self-employed workers in determining their level of competence and offer training where needed.

Surely, after all, prevention is better than the cure?

Simon Luke Managing director Uniline Safety Systems Worcestershire