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News / Rise in working at height safety breaches

16 July 2018

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported an increase in the number of working at height safety breaches in the construction industry.

Despite attempts by companies such as Safesite to highlight the dangers associated with working at height, this increase is worrying, especially when the HSE’s latest statistics show that there were 35 fatalities as a result of falls from height in 2017/2018.  This figure is a 40% increase on the previous year.  Fragile surfaces such as fibre cement roofs and rooflights continue to account for the majority of construction related fall from height fatalities. 

Commenting on the problem, Paul Kimpton, Managing Director of the Building Safety Group said: “Employers have a legal duty to ensure that the Work at Height Regulations 2005 are implemented and that all activity is properly supervised and carried out by people who are competent.  They are also responsible for ensuring that fall protection systems for Working at Height are regularly inspected, particularly when working in hazardous environments.”

“Critically, ‘falls from height’ are still one of the most common causes of injuries to employees, accounting for a large number of work-place deaths. So employers must of course take their responsibilities very seriously, not least because of the potential harm to workers but also because of the risk to the business as well as the number of working days lost.”

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