Employers are being warned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that they could be liable for injury compensation claims if they fail to ensure safe working practices at height.
It follows the prosecution of Wolverhampton-based recycling firm MES Environmental after an employee fell six metres from an overhead crane.
The 40-year-old suffered multiple fractures to his skull, a broken collarbone and several broken ribs and since the accident has been unable to return to work.
HSE inspector David Evans says there is "no excuse" for the failure of an employer to recognise the dangers of a fall from height.
"Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury, but the vast majority of these accidents are preventable if companies assess the risks properly," he commented.
It follows recent reports from the Herald that a labourer in Plymouth was awarded a six-figure injury compensation sum for a fall that resulted in the amputation of his leg.