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An event organised to promote the importance of health and safety in the road transport industry has taken place.

Organised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the free event in Durham was designed to inform supervisors at haulage firms on best practice and legislation introduced in the area.

Geoff Dossetter, the external affairs director for the FTA, said that simple measures, which could include the use of personal protective equipment, can be a benefit to businesses.

'Speakers from the HSE have been advising FTA delegates on important transport safety issues including falls from height, premises layout, lighting, warning signs and general safety warnings,' he explained.

'Reaction from delegates has been very positive, recognising the operational and financial benefits of efficient safety regimes as well as the obvious advantages to workers' health.'

Mr Dossetter's comments on the dangers of falls from height have come after HSE inspector Samantha Farrar recently urged construction businesses to ensure they properly plan operations when working at height.

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