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Working from height poses various dangers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has reminded employers of their obligations with regard to fall arrest equipment, arguing that working from height is one of the most dangerous jobs involved in the construction industry.

This comes after an Edgware contractor was fined following the discovery of dangerous working conditions on his site.

HSE inspector David King pointed out that some 50 construction workers died on-site last year, with working from height the biggest factor in this statistics.

"Therefore it is essential that everybody involved in the construction industry takes appropriate action to manage work at height safely," he added.

According to the executive, falling from ladders is one of the biggest reasons this kind of work can be so dangerous. It advises employees wear non-slip footwear and ensure rungs are clean before ascending.

Furthermore, the HSE stresses the importance of keeping all equipment used for working off the ground well-maintained.

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