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Expert warns about working at height dangers

23rd February 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Workers and employers have been warned that falling from height can have devastating consequences for both the worker and their employer, illustrating the importance of warning signs.

Neil Jamieson, a principal inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the north-west, said that there are hundreds of accidents a year involving people falling off ladders or elevated surfaces that could be avoided if people take measures to prevent them.

"Falls from height kill dozens of workers every year and seriously injure hundreds more. But the number of deaths will carry on rising if firms don't accept they're putting their workers in danger," he said.

Mr Jamieson added that the financial and human cost of workplace accidents can be enormous, due to legal action taken by the HSE and any injured parties.

The warning comes after a London property developer and contractor were fined £25,000 after a worker was found dead on a construction site following a suspected fall from height, illustrating the importance of using health and safety signs.

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