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When working at height, planning ahead is key and can help to diminish risks by enabling employers and employees to take proper precautions in all instances. If, however, you’re relatively new to the industry, you may be wondering how to go about putting a plan in place and ensuring all the necessary checks have been covered.

Keep reading for more on how to plan ahead for work at height.

Assessing the Risks

Carrying out a risk assessment is required by law. However, it does not need to be as complex as it may sound. Yes, there are many, many factors to consider, but by following the four steps below, you will be able to make sure everything you need is recorded.

Evaluate Existing Risks

For this step, you need to take into account anything that will endanger both your company and the public. This may include, but is not limited to, decaying masonry that would otherwise support workers or poses a significant risk and fragile surfaces. Once all possible risks have been recorded, you need to demonstrate which precautions are needed.


If working at height is absolutely essential, it’s crucial that you identify any and all precautions that will be required. You must do this using your risk plan and you need to ensure, by highlighting precautions that all work carried out will align with the regulations, as well as be performed safely.

How Will You Carry Out the Work?

Lastly, you need to document how you will carry out the work, and a method statement is a great way to do so. This way, you can keep tabs on existing risks and how precautions will minimise the associated hazard. You can demonstrate this using illustrations (keep them simple) and remember to be as specific as possible.

You also need to outline the equipment required for the work at hand, so in the name of preparation, it’s always a good idea to ensure it is readily available before work is due to begin.

This is just a short guide to planning ahead for work at height. For more, see hse.gov.uk or get in touch today to enquire about our courses if you feel as though your team would benefit from further training.