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AUDIO NEWS: Fatal falls from height increases by 22% and government has to fix the skills crisis

Posted: Monday, July 8th, 2024

The number of workers involved in fatal falls from height has leapt up by 22% in the last year. 

According to data from The Access Industry Forum, 50 people in Great Britain were killed between 2023 and 2024 - the highest since 2008.

The 2023/24 figure for fatal falls from height is 35% above the five-year average.

Despite improvements in height safety, and ongoing awareness campaigns, falls from height remain the leading cause of workplace fatalities.

Falls from height now account for 36% of all work-related deaths – up 11% since 2021/22.

Peter Bennett, chair of the AIF and the No Falls Foundation said the latest figures painted an “overwhelming bleak picture”.

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The new Labour government new house building programme can only be delivered “if serious action is taken to boost the workforce,” warned the Federation of Master Builders last week.  

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said “it was disappointing to see that tackling the skills crisis was absent from the opening statement of intent.”

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 And finally, a son has honoured his father’s dying wish for a cut price funeral, by building his coffin from scaffolding boards and transporting him to church in the back of his work van.

Charlie Dowdeswell, a roofer cobbled together the cut-price coffin in response to the “ridiculous” price of funerals and in a nod to his late father’s sense of humour.

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