Fall from heights at work

When working at height, employers or those in charge must make sure that work is properly planned. supervised and carried out by competent people. This includes using the right type of equipment for working at height.


Some of the most common causes of accidents when working at height include:

– Roof lights

– Liner panels

– Glass (including wired glass)

– Rotted chipboard

– Slates and tiles


As an employer what do I need to consider when planning work at height?

The following are all requirements in law that you must consider when planning work at height. You MUST:

* Take weather conditions into account.

* Check the place (eg. Roof) where work is being undertaken is safe. This will need to be checked before each use.

* Plan for emergencies and rescue, agree a set procedure for evacuation.

* Provide training to employees.


As an employee what can I do to ensure I am working safely?

Employers have general duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions.

* Report any safety hazards that they identify to your employer.

* Use equipment and safety devices properly in accordance with any training.