Working at height is a high-risk activity; Falls from Height can lead to fatalities if the tasks are not properly controlled.
According to the HSE, 144 workers were fatally injured in 2015/16 with just over a quarter of all fatal injuries accounted for by fall from height.
If you’re an employer and in control of any work at height activity, you must make sure every work at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.
How can we help prevent a Falls from Height happening?
A suitable and sufficient risk assessment is key to preventing falls from height. Planned activity should be assessed before work takes place.
Making workers aware of the risk assessment
All parties involved should be made aware of the findings of the risk assessment, so there needs to be procedures in place to ensure good communication of the hazards, control measures and any changes to planned work.
Eliminating the need to work at height
In terms of control measures, eliminating the need to work at height is usually the best option. Always consider doing as much work as possible from the ground first.
Supervise your staff
All work should be supervised and the job must be undertaken by competent staff. Ensure workers can get safely to and from where they work at height as well as assessing someone’s competency, knowledge and skill set.
Suitable work equipment and PPE for work at height should be determined and selected by the risk assessment and all protective clothing should be suitable for the work activity being undertaken and the environment in which they are in.
Ensure your employees are trained in Working at Height. Being aware of your responsibilities and how you can manage the risks can help to avoid injury and damage.
Safety Media’s Working at Height Interactive course will benefit staff who have duties involving working at height. The course will cover work at height regulations, hierarchy of controls and types of equipment used.
At the end of the course trainees will be able to:
» Define working at height
» Recognise the different height regulations
» Identify ways of protecting yourself and others
» Recognise the main hazards of working at height
» Maintain equipment correctly.
This course will educate the trainee on how to work safely and follow safe systems at work.
Don’t forget that most falls from height can be prevented by ensuring proper planning of the work and by selecting the right equipment for the job.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1745 535000 if you require any further information regarding our Working at Height course or any of our other Health & Safety and Compliance & Soft Skills courses.