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APPG to make recommendations on how to reduce injuries caused by falls from height

Posted on Jul 04, 2018

The All Party Parliamentary Group for ‘Working at Height’ has launched an investigation into the root causes of incidents in a bid to drive down the number of serious injuries and fatalities that occur annually.

As part of a consultation that closed in March of this year, industry members were asked a series of questions including what more could be done to share good practice, whether there are any measures that are considered necessary but not required by law, and whether they had any comments with regards existing regulations.

Over 60 responses were received from relevant organisations, including leading international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty.

The committee, which is Chaired by Scottish National Party member Alison Thewliss, are now awaiting a report outlining the findings, following which it will ‘seek to propose effective, sensible measures’ to reduce the toll and ‘send people safely home from work’.

According to the APPG’s website, falls from height and falling objects from height account for the highest number of preventable fatalities and injuries across all sectors in UK industry.

The group, which was established in late 2017 and has members spanning all of the key parties – including Labour’s Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough MP Gill Furniss, and Conservative MP for Torbay, Kevin Foster – held its first oral session in March of this year.

During the meeting the committee heard from motivational speaker and falls survivor Jason Anker who was paralysed from the waist down due to an avoidable incident on a construction site in 1993 when he was just 24 years old.

Stuart Anderson of Construction Skills People said: “We welcome any and all efforts to drive down the number of serious injuries and fatalities caused by falls from height.

“The devastating, and often avoidable consequences of such incidents cannot be ignored, and we look forward to reading the findings of this initial investigation and to hearing what measures for prevention the APPG members are going to put forward.”