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Complacency the killer factor in working at height deaths

Complacency the killer factor in working at height deaths

27 September 2017

News this month of a supermarket chain being fined after a man fell to his death has underlined the need for training in the workplace.

Supermarket Iceland was fined £2.5 million after a contractor, who was replacing air conditioning filters in the warehouse of a Rotherham store, plunged three metres from a platform through a suspended ceiling. Investigators found there were no barriers, restricted working space and several tripping hazards including cabling, and that there had been no risk assessment.

Inadequate precautions

Steve Braund, marketing manager at DTL, said: "This is the latest in an all-too-frequent series of cases where people have been killed or injured because of inadequate precautions."

DTL has identified lack of awareness and complacency as major contributing factors in many of the cases.

Poor assessment of risk

"Common themes crop up time and time again, fragile roofs and skylights in particular, and employers using contractors without effectively checking the contractor will themselves use safe systems of work," said Mr Braund, "Almost every week there is a report of a death or serious injury of people working at height. Poor assessment of risk, and inadequate control measures, continue to lead to hundreds of shattered lives."

DTL has produced a handy pocket guide to raise awareness of the factors managers, employees and contractors should consider before commencing working at height.  Download it by clicking the button below and following the simple instructions.

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