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PPE and protective boots important in building safety, study suggests

A new government report outlines a number of new health and safety practices that could help reduce the number of fatalities within the construction industry.

Published by the Department for Work and Pensions, an inquiry report undertaken by the independent chair Rita Donaghy seeks to improve building regulations to ensure the safety of workers in future.

It seeks to develop current regulations, while promoting things like the correct usage of personal safety equipment that could include protective boots.

Yvette Cooper, secretary of state for work and pensions, commented that the report highlights more needs to be done to reduce construction fatalities.

She said: 'Despite the welcome recent fall in construction fatalities, any death or major injury is a tragedy for individuals, their families and their colleagues, and more work is needed to bring the number of accidents down.'

The report's recommendations will now be considered by a number of government departments, along with organisations such as the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The HSE recently called on companies across the UK to maintain the safety of their plant equipment to protect workers.

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