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HSE warns transport industry about falls from heightsPosted on 19/10/2007

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has told employers in the transport industry to be aware of the dangers of working at height.

In an announcement that may have protective workwear and safety equipment implications, the body has revealed that the area has one of the poorest records for injuries caused by falls.

Chair of the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) Judith Hackitt said that 'simple, sensible precautions', including the use of correct safety equipment, can help to cut the number of injuries in the sector.

She added: 'It is vital that those who work in the transport industry take this issue seriously.

'Last year four workers actually lost their lives after falling from their truck or lorry and the cost of these deaths and serious injuries to the industry is in excess of £35 million a year.'

The HSE's warning for the transport industry has come after it announced that a Bradford safety partnership has been offering free advice to workers in the town that could be susceptible to work-related back problems.

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