What You Should Know About Working at Height

When it comes to the rules and regulations surrounding ‘working at height’ there still seems to be some confusion or misunderstanding. However to put it simply, if a task involves the potential risk of falling and liable to cause personal injury, then you are working at height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 were introduced in a bid to prevent death and injury caused by falls from height, therefore minimising risks to workers. Employers, facilities managers, building owners and anyone else that controls work at height can be held responsible should an accident occur.

Latest statistics from the HSE reveal that, although falls from height are reducing, they are still one of the most common causes of injuries to employees and account for 29% of fatalities in the workplace.

According to HSE:

” 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 you are working at height if you:

■ are working on a ladder or a flat roof;
■ could fall through a fragile surface;
■ could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground.

Here at National Platforms, our dedication to safety within our industry means we support customers who need to work at height by matching them with the most suitable and safest machinery possible via a free site survey at their site location.

Requirements for employers

“Employers and those in control of any work at height activity must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.”

The Work at Height Regulations require employers to ensure that:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised
  • A risk assessment is carried out for all work conducted at height
  • Appropriate work equipment is selected and used
  • People working at a height are competent
  • Equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained
  • Risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled

Selecting the Right Equipment for the Job

When selecting the most suitable equipment for working at height, employers must consider the following:

■ provide the most suitable equipment appropriate for the work
■ take in to account factors such as working conditions and the weather
■ the nature, frequency and duration of the work
■ the risks to the safety of everyone where the work equipment will be used

However, we understand that sometimes employers aren’t exactly sure which equipment and machinery they need. That’s why we offer IPAF Approved Training. To find out more,  CLICK HERE

Our expert team are also always on hand to discuss your requirements and give you specialist advice on the best machine for your application.

For more information, call National Platforms on 0333 006 4477, email us at sales@nationalplatforms.co.uk or contact us via our website.


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