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Workers warned to check harnesses following tragedy

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CONSTRUCTION workers are being warned to check their harnesses properly following the death of a builder in Australia who fell from a transmission tower when his lanyard failed.

The lanyard failed because one of the 'tails'was clipped onto the worker's belt.

Health and Safety Executive work-atheight expert Martin Holden said: 'It is vital that everyone using fall arrest systems based on twin tail lanyards follows the instructions.

'When one of the lanyard legs is connected to the anchor point, the second leg should not be attached to the user's harness, belt or clothing as this could limit the extension of the energy absorber in the event of a fall.'