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Construction firms have been urged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure they follow health and safety legislation.

The government body made the call after it prosecuted a company over an incident in which four workers were injured after a floor collapsed.

Excelcare Developments was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,500 over the incident, which left the employees with injuries including spinal fractures and broken shoulders.

The HSE suggested that the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including fall arrest equipment, could have helped the company avoid the incident.

In a statement, the body said it has 'warned construction businesses generally about the need to ensure that systems for lifting goods', as well as about 'the need for adequate safety measures to prevent falls from height'.

The HSE's call has come after it recently held an event promoting health and safety within the road transport industry.

Organised with the Freight Transport Association, the seminar in Durham was designed to remind haulage firm supervisors of best practice issues.

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