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Working at Height - How to reduce the risk of workers falling

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces.


'Work at height' means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof).


What do employers have to do?

The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.


You must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people with the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job. You must use the right type of equipment for working at height.


Before working at height work through these simple steps:

  • avoid work at height where it's reasonably practicable to do so

  • where work at height cannot be easily avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment

  • minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated

Furthermore, to ensure compliance and the safety of workers at height, you can undertake a Working at Height Training Course that will provide an overview of the relevant Health and Safety legislation and regulations associated with Working at Height Regulations 2005.


Contact us below to inquire about Working at Height Courses, or to book a course:

01782 438813

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