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 Falls from height up 140 per cent, says Building Safety Group.

Falls from height up 140 per cent, says Building Safety Group.

2 December 2012 Email this article

The number of construction workers who fell from a height has increased by a startling 140% in the last three months, says the Building Safety Group.

This is despite the fact that the number of accidents overall dropped by 21 per cent from 226 in the May-July quarter down to 177 in the three months from August until November.

Falls from height now makes up 23% of all accidents, up from just 4% in the previous quarter.

Paul Kimpton, managing director of the Building Safety Group says, “It is really good news that the number of accidents over all has decreased in the last three months, but 177 is still a very large number of people hurt and it is therefore essential that companies of every size adhere to health and safety measures.

“The increase in the number of people who fell from a height is quite alarming, especially as there is no reason for this type of accident if proper safety precautions are taken.”

Gordon Leicester, managing director of Facelift commented: “It can’t be disputed that this is really quite a significant increase in falls from height in a relatively short space of time.

“These sorts of accidents are so easily preventable, so it’s concerning that so many businesses aren’t putting work at height safety and the correct safety measures in place.”