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Working at height has been described by an expert as 'the single greatest cause' of deaths on construction sites.

Jonathan Wills, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), made the comment after work was stopped at four sites in Newcastle last week during a series of random spot checks.

The main concerns found at the sites were worries over working at height and electrical issues.

Discussing the findings, Mr Wills said that 'too many' sites are not taking care of their workers, which suggests that firms need to improve their use of items including personal protective equipment.

'The construction industry is a challenging environment with a mobile workforce moving from site to site, many with a poor understanding of the problems,' he explained.

'But it is up to us all to ensure that they have a safe working environment and receive the proper training so that their lives are not put at risk.'

It was recently announced that the HSE is carrying out spot checks on sites in Teesside over this week.

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