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HSE warns over working on roofs

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged companies to ensure they have adequate fall arrest equipment in place, following an accident in Northamptonshire in which a teenage worker died.

HSE inspector Martin Smith criticised the "collective failures" that led to this happening and argued that providing adequate training and equipment is crucial in avoiding the recurrence of such an incident.

"Falls through fragile roofs, often at agricultural premises, are a common cause of fatalities in the workplace," he explained.

With this in mind, it is crucial employers provide measures such as nets and safe working platforms to employees, especially when working on industrial or agricultural roofs from height.

Mr Smith expressed the hope that companies will become more aware of what they need to do to keep workers safe when carrying out tasks in conditions such as this.

The HSE advises that agricultural workers avoid working from height whenever possible, especially when weather conditions are inclement.

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