Working at height

Working at height

Posted on Jul 16, 2016

Working at height



As an employer, it’s your job to keep your staff safe from injury. If anyone works at height, they are subject to the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Now, we know what you might be thinking…

“This doesn’t apply to me, my staff don’t work high up on a skyscraper.”

But these regulations probably do apply to you. They apply to anyone that works from a place where if they were to fall, they would hurt themselves.

For example:

  • Up a ladder (including stepladders)
  • Standing on scaffolding
  • On a roof (including ones that are flat)
  • Near holes that you could fall in.


So how do you ensure your staff's safety?

You need to make sure that work is properly planned and supervised, and that it is carried out by competent people, using the correct equipment.

It is important to ensure your staff have up-to-date training. It might seem extreme to need this if you’re just going up a stepladder – but working at height training will help you assess what jobs are low-risk (and just need simple instructions to carry out the task) and what jobs require specific training (such as using a cherry-picker).

Remember, if you are the employer you are responsible for preventing death and injury caused by a fall from height. So having training ticked off your list will not only help your staff, but will also give you some peace of mind.


Helpful working at height reminders

For a little added extra, we’ve created a working at height poster for your staff to help remind them of the do’s and don’ts of working at height. You could stick it up in your staff room or office – or even use it as a print-out. Download it today by clicking on the link below.


free health and safety top tips posters


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