Workers using ladders must be properly trained, says Paul Bruton.

A survey by the Building Safety Group, based on 10,000 site inspections conducted during the first six months of 2018, found that there has been a 13 per cent rise in the number of working from height safety breaches on construction sites. This reflects the Health and Safety Executive’s latest statistics, which reveal that of 150 falls from height accidents, 40 per cent were due to falls from ladders. With that in mind, it is good to reiterate the steps employers and health and safety professionals can take to safeguard staff through the means of training and development.

The sad reality is that fatalities and injuries have occurred, and continue to occur, as a result of falls from height. Unfortunately, this can be frequently attributed to the incorrect use of equipment, inadequate supervision, and lack of sufficient tools or training.

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