Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injury, and accounts for 28% of all workers deaths.
According to research in the UK, 60% of all major injuries are caused by falls from a height of below two metres.
All work at height where there is significant risk of a fall, liable to cause personal injury, should be risk assessed and appropriate controls implemented.
To minimise the risk from this sort of work, a risk assessment must be conducted in advance, in order to decide what realistic fall protection is available, keeping in mind the combination of both the likelihood and severity of the fall could be.
Coinciding with this, risks should also include those caused by falling objects, or by accessing the work location.
The following should always be considered when Working at Height:
- All work should be properly planned and organised
- Those involved in work at height are competent
- The risks from work at height are assessed and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
- The risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled
- Equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained