Published Mon, Mar 4th 2019
United Kingdom 04/03/2019 - The AFI group of companies has welcomed a new parliamentary report on improving working at height culture in the UK.
The report is the result of a 12 month inquiry by the APPG exploring why the 18% of people who die at work do so as a result of a fall from height, and what steps can be taken by government and industry to prevent incidents for the 10 million people in the UK that work at height. The APPG are now calling on the Government and industry to undertake a major review of work at height culture, expand enhanced reporting and introduce reporting on near misses.
“AFI welcomes the APPG’s report on Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height. Whilst the UK has enviable and proud record on safety, there were still 35 fatalities from falls from height in 2017/18, and 186 in the last 5 years. The report indicates that policymakers, regulators and industry leaders must do more to reduce falls from height, the findings of this report will hopefully help us achieve this.”
“Every fall from height can have life-altering consequences for workers and their families. There is an urgent need to improve work at height culture, yet this issue is sadly not at the top of decision-makers’ agenda.”
About AFI group of companies - We provide high quality powered access machine hire and sales, industry-accredited training and health & safety courses to ensure that anyone working at height is doing it at the safest, most professional way. From only three UK depots and 270 machines in 2002, we have expanded to 30 locations in the UK and six in the Middle East. We now have a fleet of more than 7,000 powered access machines and provide training for more than 25,000 people each year.
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