MPs call for action over rise in deaths from work at height
5th July 2019
The HSE's provisional figures for fatal injuries in Great Britain for 2018-19 show that 40 people sustained a fatal injury as a result of a fall from height. This represents an increase from 2017-18 when 35 workers died. Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace fatalities in Great Britain.
APPG chair and MP for Glasgow Central, Alison Thewliss said: "It is imperative that the government takes forward the recommendations made in our report which have been devised with input from industry and key stakeholders."
Peter Bennett, managing director of PASMA and a founding member of the Access Industry Forum, which sponsors the APPG, said: "We know that the data collected does not accurately represent the true scale of 'near misses' in the workplace which is why we are calling for enhanced reporting methods, and an independent body would confidentially collect data to inform industry and government."