Construction firms have been urged to guard against injury compensation claims and fines by ensuring safe working at height after one man in the Hastings area died in a scaffold fall.
The construction industry has the largest number of fatal injuries in any sector, with 72 deaths during the 2007 to 2008 period and 32 of these related to falling from height.
Incidents such as these and the related injury compensation claims can easily be avoided if companies take the correct preventative measures, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
HSE inspector Melvyn Stancliffe emphasised for the need for the entire industry to ensure workers are properly trained and supervised for the tasks they are given and to follow accepted industry practices.
"Falls remain the biggest cause of serious and fatal accidents in the construction sector and everybody must play their part if this toll of avoidable accidents is to stop," he commented.
The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation offers a number of resources designed to improve safety practices, including a DVD on preventing falls from height.