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FALLS FROM VEHICLES CAMPAIGN

Falls from vehicles campaign ‘relaunched’ in 2009

HSE has announced that the 2007/2008 falls from vehicles campaign will be subject to a ‘re-launch’. The campaign aims to alert everyone to the dangers of falls from vehicles that costs industry over £35 million each year. The campaign will highlight the many cost effective ways that exist to stop these falls happening. In 2008 1600 workers were injured and 4 were killed by falling from vehicles.

Marcia Davies, HSE Director of Injuries Reduction said: “Falls from vehicles even from a relatively low height, can cause severe and life-changing injury and most are easily preventable. Those responsible for managing and planning work with and on vehicles should try to minimise the extent to which tasks have to be carried out at height as one obvious way to prevent falls. There are often easy alternative ways of working to eliminate the need to climb to a height. Also it is vital that when new vehicles are purchased or rented, buyers look for design features that make access safer and think whether working at height can be avoided by ordering equipment with ground based controls.”

Comment: It is not clear what form the relaunched HSE campaign will take or whether there will be any targeted activity in the construction sector. It would nevertheless be prudent to pay renewed attention to existing construction sector guidance this subject in the coming months.

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