Reports from 2016 found that of the 20,000 site inspections carried out last year, height safety failure remains to be most commonly identified breach by a long way.
According to the Building Safety Group, a total of 24,634 non-compliances were logged by safety advisors in 2016 with working at height accounting for 19% of all breaches recorded.
The second highest prevalent site injury was the inhalation of dust or fumes, accounting for five per cent of non-compliances.
These recent figures coincide with those released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), who reported that over the last five years, falling from height has killed 97 construction workers and amounted to 45% of all fatal injuries on site.
Whilst in the past couple of years, the number of fatalities has dropped,falling from height remains the biggest single cause of accidents on construction sites. In addition to this, it is the most prominent cause of non-fatal accident related injury, responsible for 33% of all non-fatal injuries. This includes 11% of incidents resulting in an absence from work of more than seven days.
The Building Safety Group claims that fragile roof lights, scaffolding and ladders are the three main sources of falls from height injuries and fatalities.
Chris Chapman, Building Safety Group’s technical manager, said: “Working at height is clearly the most dangerous activity carried out in the construction sector. Everyone can do more to ensure that work is properly planned, supervised and conducted by qualified workers who have the required skills for the task in hand.
“To significantly reduce the dangers of working at height, construction companies should always try to complete as much work as possible from the ground, ensure safe access and egress and importantly, make certain that any equipment used is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job.”