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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has once again warned companies to follow safety measures when employees are working at a height.

The government body's announcement came after an Italian company was fined £75,000 at Truro Crown Court after its failure to comply with regulations led to the death of a worker.

Commenting on the new warning, HSE inspector Barry Trudgian said the incident highlighted the dangers of working without the necessary measures, including personal protection equipment, in place.

'This incident clearly demonstrates the inherent dangers which exist in any work at height. Employers need to be aware of the dangers and take appropriate action to reduce the risks before an incident occurs,' he explained.

The HSE's latest call for businesses to improve safety measures at their workplaces comes after recent inspections found that one in three construction sites in the UK were unsafe for workers.

Enforcement action was implemented on 426 sites inspected during the programme, while 39 people died last year on refurbishment, repair and maintenance sites.

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