31 July 2017
If you’re in an industry where your employees may be working at height, it’s important to know your responsibilities – 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.
Assess the situation with care
There are a number of steps you should take and questions you should ask yourself before an employee works from height.
Take each job at a time
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 assess the risks involved and precautions required 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, like:
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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