If you’re in an industry where your employees may be working at height, it’s important to conduct a working at height risk assessment to ensure this work is carried out safely – insufficient practices can be fatal.
The Working at Height Regulations 2005 is designed to prevent death and injury from falls at height. And with falls from height being one of the most common causes of workplace deaths and serious injuries, the regulation isn’t something you’ll want to take lightly.
There are a number of steps you should take and questions you should ask yourself before an employee works from height.
As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure adequate checks are conducted, measures are put in place to prevent accidents and that the employee in question is competent.
Obviously, not every job is the same, and some may come with more risks than others. Employers should conduct a working at height risk assessment on a job-by-job basis.
Factors such as the height of the job, duration of work, frequency of work and condition of the surface work will be conducted on, are all elements that need to be considered too.
Roofs are risky and, as such, falls through fragile roofs have been found to be one of the most common causes of accidents when working at height.
If you’ve an employee working from a roof, be sure to look out for fragile surfaces underfoot, such as those in the list below.
Working at height can be incredibly dangerous. Regardless of the urgency of the job, always make enough time for thorough surface, equipment, material and employee checks.
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