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Working at height risks should be properly assessedPosted on 14/08/2008

The risks of working at height should always be 'properly assessed', according to an expert.

Angus Robbins, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector for Nottinghamshire, made the comment after a construction manager was prosecuted for an incident in which a worker suffered injuries after falling from an unprotected wall.

The same person was also fined for not assessing and controlling risks related to falls on a different site.

Mr Robbins said that the case highlighted how important it is for firms to ensure that adequate risk assessments and personal protective equipment have been used to protect workers.

He explained: 'More than half of all fatalities from falls occur in construction. Companies involved in building, refurbishment or maintenance should ensure that the work is planned properly and sensible measures taken so that workers are not exposed to risk.'

The HSE recently also warned that construction firms in the UK must be in a position to manage any risks related to a reduction in workforce.

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