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    Working at Height – What you need to know

    Published on October 19th, 2021 | by David Clifton - GradIOSH MInstLM

     

    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

    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 control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you.

    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. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning.

    Employers and those in control must first assess the risks.

    Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.

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