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The Health and Safety Executive's (HSE's) chair has stated that the responsibility of ensuring the safety of workers 'starts at the top'.

Speaking at an event this week about all organisations, Judith Hackitt's comments suggest that it is up to directors and other high-level staff in construction firms to ensure workers use the correct personal protective equipment.

The expert told the Prevention of Accidents' Developing Leadership Action conference that creating the right culture in a business can play a 'critical role' in keeping staff safe.

Ms Hackitt also urged people not to leave the issue for others to deal with and assess risks, stating that the issue should not be managed 'from the boardroom'.

She added: 'The motivation for building a health and safety culture needs to be driven by the belief that not only is it the right thing to do morally, but also that it is fundamental to the business success of your organisation.'

The HSE recently warned firms to ensure people working at height are provided with safety equipment, after the owner of a roofing company was jailed over the death of a worker.

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