Working at Height

Working at Height – The Risks

Working at Height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. There are many hazards that come with Working at Height. Being aware of your responsibilities and how you can manage the risks can help to avoid injury and damage.

Many work activities involve working at height. Working from ladders, scaffolds and platforms are obvious examples, but there are many more activities where people are required to work at height.

It is imperative that work at height is always properly planned, supervised and conducted by skilled, competent and safety-minded individuals.

By law, employers are required to assess the risks in their workplace so that they can put in place a plan to control the risks.

The Health & Safety executive recommends a five-step approach to risk assessment:

  1. Identify the hazard
    Look at things such as slip and trip hazards, lone-working, manual handling, cleaning chemicals or fire risks etc.
  2. Deciding who might be harmed and how
    Look at each specific hazard and identify the people who may be harmed, it could be specific group of employees, customers and members of the public or visitors.
  3. Evaluating the risks and deciding on precautions
    Evaluate the hazards that you have identified and decide whether they can be eliminated.
  4. Recording your findings and implementing them
    Write down your findings from the risk assessment.
  5. Reviewing your assessment and updating if necessary
    You should check on a regular basis, such as 6-12 months, to see whether there have been any changes in your workplace that may affect your risk assessment.

Before each step, always consider measures that will protect not just yourself, but everyone at risk.

The Safety Media Working at Height interactive course will educate the trainee on how to work safely and follow safe systems.

At the end of the course, trainees will be able to:
» Define working at height
» Recognise the different working at height regulations
» Identify ways of protecting yourself and others
» Recognise the main hazards of working at height
» Understand the Hierarchy of Control
» Use and maintain equipment correctly

Request a demo of the Working at Height course or email sales@safetymedia.co.uk for more information.

Not sure how to conduct a risk assessment? Or want to make sure you’re conducting risk assessments correctly? Download our Risk Assessment Course Description here »