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Working at height in Scotland to be put under spotlight

10th September 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

The Health and Safety Executive will be visiting construction sites across Scotland in a bid to cut the number of deaths from working at height.

In the 12-month period to April this year, 49 people died while working in these locations, with falls being the most common cause of fatal injury.

Inspectors will focus their work on the external parts of buildings, although the initiative will also cover other aspects of working at height, including the use of health and safety signage and ensuring that equipment is up to scratch.

Archie Mitchell, a principal inspector for construction in Scotland, said: "Falling from height is the cause of the greatest number of fatalities. All too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put unnecessarily at risk. In many cases, simple changes to working practices can make all the difference."

He added that poor management of risk in this industry is "unacceptable", warning that strong action will be taken if workers are being put in danger.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801444500-ADNFCR


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