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Working at height risks highlighted

Even after taking a bricklaying course or training in the discipline, health and safety is still important.

The death of a 31-year-old construction worker has highlighted the problems that can come from working at heights.

Now, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is urging all employers and people working in the industry to be aware of good practice.

Melvyn Stancliffe, an inspector at the HSE, said: "The entire construction industry needs to make sure that workers are properly trained and supervised for the tasks they are given and that they follow accepted industry practices.

"Falls remain the biggest cause of serious and fatal accidents in the construction sector and everybody must play their part if this toll of avoidable accidents is to stop."

The advice comes after the death of 63-year-old James Gordon, who fell while dismantling a scaffold at Worthing High School in West Sussex.

EDF Energy Contracting Ltd was successful prosecuted at Chichester Crown Court after it pleased guilty to breaching Work at Height regulations.