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Fall arrest equipment can be part of safe systems

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned construction firms to ensure that safe systems of work are in place when their employees are operating at height.

Falls from height are one of the most common causes of serious accidents in the workplace and in the period 2010-11, 760 people were hurt and 13 killed as a result of such incidents.

The latest HSE warning comes after a man fell 6.5 metres through a roof light and sustained severe back and shoulder injuries as he was trying to install cabling in a roof cavity. 

Speaking about the accident, HSE inspector Harry Bottesch said there was not a "safe system of work in place to allow him to work safely at height".

The HSE said that companies must ensure they carry out a risk assessment and produce a method statement detailing how the work should be carried out.

Fall arrest equipment can also help to protect workers from falling.

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