Health and safety training, such as for working with temporary fencing solutions, should be incorporated in all aspects of employee development, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

The organisation's occupational safety adviser Roger Bibbings said training should be thought of as an ongoing process, complementing employees as they progress through their careers.

"Employees must be trained in health and safety in their workplace on induction and then again when they face new hazards, when they take on management responsibilities, or when they need to learn new skills," he said.

What's more, training should be part of staff review processes, with a health and safety training review taking place at employee appraisal stage, Mr Bibbings stated.

"All firms need a health and safety training strategy as part of their overall employee development plans," he concluded.

According to insurer Aviva, more than a fifth of all injuries in the manufacturing sector last year were the result of a slip or trip.

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