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The number of workplace fatalities in the construction industry fell during 2007-08, according to new figures.

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have revealed that seven less people died while working in the sector over the time period when compared to research for the previous year.

The study, which suggests the increased use of personal protective equipment and other safety systems, also found that the number of workers killed in the manufacturing and services sectors also fell.

'Evidence shows that where employers and employees work closely together to agree the agenda and set targets to tackle real issues, they have made significant improvements,' explained Judith Hackitt, the chair of the HSE.

She added that the organisation would like businesses to take 'more ownership and leadership to embed health and safety in their organisational culture and boardrooms'.

The HSE recently urged builders to be vigilant in the coming months and look out for youngsters who may have chosen to use construction sites as playgrounds.

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