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Working at Height Regulations 2005

In 2003/04 falls from heights accounted for 67 fatal accidents at work and nearly 400 major injuries. They remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injuries. The regulations have the force of law and are designed to prevent injuries and deaths, by establishing minimum requirements for work at height.

Falls from heights are generally caused by poor working practices rather than defects and faults in equipment. These working practices include using incorrect equipment, inadequate instruction, training or supervision, equipment being used wrongly, poor recognition of an access problem and lack of provision of safe equipment.

What is Work at Height?

Work at Height is defined as any work at a workplace from which a person could be injured falling from any height, even at or below ground level. It does not apply to permanent stairways or travel to or from work. For instance, a sales assistant on a stepladder would be working at height.

The regulations apply to all employers, the self–employed and any person who controls the work of others such as a building’s owners who contracts others to work at height.

Risk Assessment

Before any work at height is carried out, a careful examination of the risks that could harm people must be undertaken. This could include whether enough precautions to prevent falls have been taken and whether the safest method of both reaching the work and working have been selected. An assessment of the hazards involved could include ground conditions, weather and wind forces as well as close proximity to electrical cables etc, together with the type of tools and materials needed for the work.

The Health and Safety Executive have published various guides over the years and can these can be downloaded from the list of informative pdf files shown below:

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Effectiveness of MEWPS for tree work Use and effectiveness of MEWPS for tree work (PDF: 920KB)

Preventing falls from boom-type elevating work platforms Preventing falls from boom–type elevating work platforms (PDF: 76KB)

Five Steps to Risk Assessment Five Steps to Risk Assessment (PDF: 80KB)

Health and Safety Training. What you need to know Health and Safety Training – What you need to know (PDF: 184KB)

Height Safe Height Safe (PDF: 320KB)

MEWP Harness training Programme MEWP Harness training Programme (PDF: 140KB)

Preventing falls from height in the food and drink industries Preventing falls from height in the food and drink industries (PDF: 60KB)

PUWER Regulations PUWER Regulations (PDF: 64KB)

Simple Guide to LOLER 1998 Simple Guide to LOLER 1998 (PDF: 56KB)

Tower Scaffolds Tower Scaffolds (PDF: 100KB)

The Work at Height Regulations The Work at Height Regulations (PDF: 152KB)

Working Safely near overhead power lines Working Safely near overhead power lines (PDF: 72KB)