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Almost a third of construction refurnishment sites inspected put workers' lives at risk, an expert has emphasised.

Stephen Williams, head of construction at the Health and Safety Executive, highlighted the need for Personal Protection Equipment and other safety measures in a recent statement.

He continued: 'It is completely unacceptable that so many lives have been put at risk. Our inspectors were appalled at the apparent willingness to ignore basic safety precautions.

'The simple fact is that despite knowing what they should be doing, too many people are prepared to allow bad practices to continue, even though last year 39 people died on refurbishment, repair and maintenance sites.'

Mr Williams added: 'My advice to those who work in the refurbishment sector is to plan work, use competent workers and if working at height use the right equipment and use it safely'.

He also welcomed the government's decision to hold a construction forum to discuss safety standards in the construction industry.

The first ever international conference on Personal Protection Equipment is to be held next year.

The three-day event will take place in Guent, Belgium from May 21st to 23rd.

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