Falling from height is a major cause of fatalities and severe injuries. Churches have a legal duty to provide protection for employees and volunteers under their control.
The Health and Safety Executive consider it good practice to provide volunteers with the same level of protection as if they were employees. You can do this by introducing some of the following controls:
• Proper planning and organising of the work taking place
• Ensuring the person carrying out the work is competent or supervised by a competent person
• Providing suitable work equipment - ladders should be suitably placed and footed
Working at height should not be carried out where it is reasonably practicable to complete the work safely another way, only work at height if you have fully assessed the risk.
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