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Falls from height are the most common cause of workplace deaths and the second most common cause of major injury. Over the past 10 years an average of 58 workers were killed each year and more than 3,800 were seriously injured as a result of falls from height.

What is classed as working at height?

There are no minimum height requirements. A place is ‘at height’ where a person could be injured falling from it, even at or below ground level. All such work must be undertaken only subject to a strict hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height.

All work at height activities should be subject to documented risk assessments available to all employees. Assessments should be reviewed periodically to ensure they are still relevant and appropriate.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies to all work at height where a risk of personal injury exists. There is a duty on all employers including the self-employed to ensure that work at height is safely managed. Furthermore if you are responsible for the control of other people at work e.g. facilities managers and building owners then the duty extends to you.

Safety measures when working at height

tick.gif Avoid work at height where possible, for example doing the work from ground level

tick.gif Use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls, where work at height cannot be avoided

tick.gif Minimise the distance and consequences of potential falls

Access equipment for working at height

tick.gif Ladders and step ladders

tick.gif Work platforms including mobile elevated work platforms

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Any access equipment must be fit for purpose and suitable training provided for any one person using it. A risk assessment must also be undertaken for all work at height activities.

The subject of work at height is quite far reaching however there are good sources of information available from the Health and Safety Executive website.

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