HSE campaigns to cut deaths from falls

The
Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a new safety campaign in an
attempt to cut the number of workers killed in falls.

Falling
from height is the biggest killer of workers in the UK, and last year, falls
claimed 49 lives and caused thousands of injuries.

Bill
Callaghan, chairman of the Health and Safety Commission (HSC), said employers
must do more to ensure workers are safe when working at height.

"In
most cases, these deaths [from falls] could have been prevented. We are working
with industry to reduce the number of deaths and injuries and this campaign is
one way we hope to reduce the risk, and improve safety at work."

Over
the next two weeks, HSE inspectors will be visiting workplaces across London,
looking at how work from height is being planned and carried out.

The
London Don’t Fall For It campaign also coincides with a national blitz on
working from heights in the construction sector, which will focus on building
sites across the country.

www.hse.gov.uk

By Ross Wigham

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