Precautions you should take to protect employees working at height
The main safety concerns with working at height are people or objects falling and causing serious injury and damage.
Use the links below to find information on the common hazards when working at height, how to assess them, precautions you can take with equipment and your legal duties.
Where possible, when working at height you should make sure the area below is cordoned off.
In all cases of working at height, ensure that
More complex jobs may be accompanied by a detailed
method statement for the activity. A
permit to work system can be used to govern the duration of the work at height.
Ladders are acceptable only for access or work of short duration. They should be
When using mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPS) you should
Scaffolds should be erected and periodically inspected by a competent person.
Where a person might fall 2 metres or more, the scaffolding must be inspected by a competent person, a record maintained and further inspection at least weekly thereafter.
tagging system is a useful way to inform workers that these inspections are taking place.
risk assessment may find the need for more frequent inspections. They may also be required after bad weather and always after any modification
Additionally tower scaffolds should
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has more information on
tower scaffold safety.
Additional equipment should only be considered as a last resort when no other means are reasonably practicable. These include
They should only be used and erected by trained personnel and be tested and inspected regularly.
Use the HSE step-by-step guide to help you identify and control risks when working at height.
Visit the HSE site to use the step-by-step guide
You may also be interested in the following from the HSE website.
For information on workplace health, safety and wellbeing, contact your local health board team