HC Deb 26 April 2004 vol 420 cc847-8W
20. Alistair Burt

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received on the draft Temporary Work at Height Directive; and if he will make a statement. [167696]

Jane Kennedy

My colleagues and I have received 47 letters regarding the temporary work at height Directive (2001/45/EC) and the proposed Work at Height Regulations since the start of the Health and Safety Commission's consultation period on the draft regulations (4 December 2003).

Falls from height are the largest cause of fatalities at work, and the second largest cause of major injuries. Because work at height is such an important issue the HSC, when implementing the Temporary Work at Height Directive, decided to consolidate this with other relevant existing legislation into a single set of goal setting regulations.

Consultation on the draft Regulations took place between 4 December 2003 and 2 April 2004, and has now ended.

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