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Safety signs 'can prevent falls from height'

6th January 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Falls from height remain a leading cause of death in the UK's workplaces, but could be avoided if companies take proper precautions, such as installing safety signs, one sector watchdog has stated.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were more workplace deaths last year as a result of falling from height than any other type of accident and the organisations has urged firms to take adequate measures to ensure these incidents do not occur in 2010.

Pam Waldron, the HSE's north-east head of operations, commented: "The main causes of fatal accidents nationally remain falls, with the highest numbers being found in the construction and agriculture sectors. For other injuries, slips and trips and incidents affecting the back and upper limbs are the most common cause."

Her comments echo those of Heather Bryant, the HSE's east of England regional director, who recently pointed out that statistics showing a 180 workplace deaths in the UK last year illustrates how precautions such as safety signs can stop lives from being devastated.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19541733-ADNFCR


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