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Fall arrest equipment can avoid serious injury

A worker has suffered a fractured skull and several breaks in his left leg following a fall from a roof. David Snow, 56, fell from the roof of an industrial brick oven whilst trying to release a jammed exit door. The company has been fined £13,500 for failing to provide any safety measures for working at height.

Falls still cause the highest number of fatal accidents in construction. It is important to ensure that the correct equipment to either prevent falls, or to prevent the effects of a fall, is used. There are several different options for fall safety equipment, the correct type of equipment depends upon the job being performed.

Ensuring that workers have working fall arrest equipment means that if they were to fall the height of their fall would be reduced. This equipment can help to reduce a worker's chance of injury.

If you or others are working at height, be sure that there is a safe system of work in place and follow it correctly. If there is no such system in place, this should be raised with management.


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