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Companies across the UK have been urged by a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector to provide those working at height with 'necessary' personal protective equipment.

Tariq Khan made the comment after it was revealed that a refurbishment firm from Burton-on-Trent was ordered to pay £7,000 fines and over £3,000 of costs after an employee fell through a roof.

Forster Refurbishment and Property Services' member of staff suffered serious injuries in the incident last year and has not yet returned to work.

Discussing the incident, Mr Khan said that regulations require businesses to ensure that 'adequate supervision, training and equipment are provided' on such projects.

He added: 'Many incidents could be avoided if companies ensured that they had thought through a safe way of tackling a job, provided all necessary protective equipment and ensured workers were fully trained and properly supervised.'

The warning has come after the Olympic Delivery Authority recently announced plans to launch a health and safety programme designed to highlight the danger of construction sites to children.

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