Working at Height Regulations

Working-at-height1The working at height regulations, govern the task of working at height, which is carried out daily by many men and women in many trades. The term working at height is catch me all and covers almost any experience that requires working from a height of around more than 1.5mtrs. This means that ladders, platform, cherry pickers, loading platforms, roof tops and mezzanine levels.

This requires under the Working at Height Regulations, that as an employer, contractor or someone responsible for those under your control working at height, that a duty of care and attention is taken to ensure the correct level information, training and suitable equipment is supplied and used.

There have numerous cases of companies being held responsible in the event of accidents involving working at height, were inadequate training, understanding and care was deemed to be responsible for the accident. The guidelines and instructions are fairly clear in the Working at Height Regulations employers and employees have  shared responsibility.

“The Working at Height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is risk of a fall that is liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, the self-employed and any person who controls the work of others (such as facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height).

As part of the Regulations, duty holders must ensure:

  • all work at height is 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 of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
  • the equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained

There is a simple hierarchy for managing work at height and selecting the appropriate access equipment.

Duty holders must:

  • avoid work at height where possible, for example doing the work from ground level
  • use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls, where work at height cannot be avoided
  • use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of potential falls, where the risk cannot be eliminated. “

For more information, contact Working At Height Training by calling 0161 777 4231 or via the contact form.

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