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Trips and Falls in Construction

Falls from Height Still the Biggest Killer in Construction

The latest injury statistics show that 40% of all worker deaths in construction are caused by a fall from height and, in the last five years, there have been 13 such deaths involving construction workers in the Eastern Region alone.


In addition, hundreds of major injuries have involved a fall from below head height or tripping over materials on walkways.


In a bid to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by falls and trips, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will this month be carrying out targeted inspections of construction sites throughout the regions of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.


During the visits, inspectors will provide advice and promise to take “robust enforcement action” where there is a serious failure to comply and control the risk to those working on site.


They will focus on making sure the correct precautions are taken during work at low and high heights to prevent the risk of a fall and will also be checking that sites are kept in good order.


Employers must ensure that workers are competent and have access to the right equipment. Sensible measures such as keeping walkways on site clear must be taken to see an improvement in safety.