HSE documented that falls from height made up as much as 29% of workplace injuries in 2013/14, according to Access Legal. The industries where the most frequent number of falls was noted were Forestry, Tree Surgery and Agriculture, with Construction closely behind. Whilst firms have an undisputed obligation to keep both workers and the public safe in all cases; there are still a few details outlined by existing regulations, such as covering an area that may be deemed unsafe.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 also intends to urge companies to ensure best practice when working at height, notably by encouraging forward planning. By doing so, it gives employees a chance to evaluate all risks and, if work at height does need to be carried out, all workers have access to the correct equipment.
To conclude, anyone involved with work at height must ensure work that is to be carried out is planned correctly, as well as fully overseen and performed by proficient workers.
But whilst workers may have full right to use equipment and work has to be supervised, does this mean that they have the knowledge and training to do so safely. This is especially the case when using heavy mechanical tools and even climbing ladders, which ranked as one of the most common causes of workplace injury.
If you believe your employees would benefit from further training, North East Access Training can help. With IPAF and Harness Safety Training in a number of centres around the UK, your workers may benefit from a more in-depth look at some of the specifics of working at height.
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