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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to companies that do not take necessary precautions when staff are working at height.

According to the body, the recent prosecution of the roofing firm owner over the death of an employee was an example as to why it is important to ensure the personal protective equipment is provided to workers.

Roy Clark of North Eastern Roofing has been jailed for ten months after a 17-year-old worker fell through a skylight in 2003.

Dean Baker, an inspector for the HSE, said: 'This tragic case demonstrates the need for employers to take serious steps to ensure anyone working at height is properly trained, and given appropriate equipment to do their job safely.

'Falls from height very often result in serious injury and death - it costs businesses and society money and ultimately can costs lives.'

In a recent interview with Manufacturingtalk, Arco's category manager for respiratory protection, Steven Binnie, also urged businesses to check the condition of breathing equipment.

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