Companies have been reminded that they face fines and injury compensation claims if they fail to take adequate precautions regarding working at height.
The warning follows the prosecution of Scottish firm Carillion, which was fined GBP 40,000 and ordered to pay costs of GBP 8,300 after a cleaner suffered a serious work injury at a power station in Nottinghamshire.
In October 2007 a temporary industrial cleaner working for Carillion was working on ducting that supplied air to boilers – which had no edge protection and a drop of six and a half metres to the floor below.
While the cleaner was provided with a harness and given instructions, he was not provided with any training on how to use it and suffered a broken femur, ribs and a bruised lung when he fell.
It follows news that a roofer employed by Webber Trading was injured after falling seven metres through a fragile roof.