The incidents in Worthing and London come days after the HSE revealed construction deaths were at a five-year high

Two workers died on construction sites last week, just days after the HSE announced the highest level of construction-related fatalities in five years.

One worker, who was employed by EDF Energy, fell 20ft from scaffolding at Worthing High School in Sussex. An ambulance was called, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another worker was killed after falling from scaffolding on a Sir Robert McAlpine site at Upper Thames St in the City of London.

The HSE is investigating both accidents. Almost a third (30%) of workers who died on construction sites last year were killed in falls from height, and falls account for 40% of all injuries. The HSE has launched an inspection blitz on sites in the Eastern Regions, where such falls are unusually common.

The HSE revealed earlier this month that construction-related fatalities had risen by 28% over the last year, reaching the highest figure since 2002.