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First-of-its-kind personal, portable lift helps reduce risk of falls from heights
Falls from height are still the largest cause of deaths in the construction industry, accounting for half of all fatalities and more than a quarter of all major injuries.
HSE estimates that slips, trips and falls from height cost society around pounds 800m a year.
Mr Reid went on: 'Health and Safety law is regularly policed and rigorously enforced, and in view of the large number of fatal and serious injuries caused by falls from height, it is unlikely that we will see any honeymoon period given by enforcement authorities
In 2008, Build Safe UAE, a construction industry association, reported eight deaths to falls from height at construction sites but a safety programs implemented by the member firms brought that to only one death from a fall in the first eight months of this year.
Slips and trips, along with falls from height, are the biggest cause of major injuries.
The most common causes for deaths were falls, collapses or breakages of material, with 16 fatalities, while 10 people died from falls from height.
The local authority's environmental boss Cllr Carole Kavanagh said: "This was a serious incident and falls from height are a recognised cause of fatal and major injury accidents.
The risks can include slips and trips, falls from height, back problems, muscular and bone disorders and workplace transport dangers.
In Denbighshire there were 12 falls from height incidents reported to enforcing authorities in the period 2004/05, with a total of 523 for Wales.
He said the majority of accidents were caused by machinery and falls from height.
The main causes of accidents on farms are vehicles and machinery, falls from height and lifting/handling injuries, says the HSE.