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.
There are certain activities involving working at height that present an obvious hazard. These include work from ladders, scaffolds and platforms.
Other examples can include work
If a worker falls from a height of two or more metres, they are likely to sustain a serious injury, permanent disability or die.
Injury and damage caused by people or items falling can occur as a result of
Hazards can also arise due to changes in weather, inside and out.
Workers in a variety of jobs could be at risk when working at height. These include workers in
Those who do one-off jobs working at height without proper training, planning or equipment are also at risk. So are members of the public who could be harmed by the activities of those working at height.
When work at height cannot be avoided, you will need to carry out a risk assessment. You will need to consider how employees are required to
Where the work being carried out is considered to be complex, you should provide more detail to those involved in the form of a method statement. This includes how the job is to be carried out and how the risks are managed.
Use our method statement form
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