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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has used the recent storms across the UK to remind construction firms on the dangers of working in severe weather.

Anna Bliss, the principal construction inspector for Greater Manchester, said that working in strong winds and rain can increase the risk of major accidents on building sites.

She also suggested the importance of using personal protective equipment, by adding that employers need to reassess the increased risks of their work in light of poor weather conditions.

'We would urge all those in control of activities affected by the weather to make sure the necessary controls are in place and take a common sense approach to ensuring the safety of their staff and others,' she explained.

'Before recommencing work, all scaffolds and working platforms should be inspected by a competent person to ensure that their stability has not been compromised by the high winds.'

The HSE recently held a construction seminar at Carlisle United FC to advise small businesses in the Cumbria area on health and safety issues.

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