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February Health and Safety Memo – Working From Height

February Health and Safety Memo – Working From Height

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February Health and Safety Memo – Working From Height
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. The purpose of WAHR is to prevent death and injury from a fall from height.

The Work At Height Regulations 2005 requires employers to adopt safe practices when controlling working at height for employees. Some precautionary measures that could be taken to help minimise the risk of accidents are:

  • Avoid working at height when possible to do so.
  • Ensure employees use appropriate and stable equipment to get to and from heights safely.
  • Assess risks regularly and ensure work is planned, supervised and carried out by competent people.
  • Where working at height cannot be easily avoided, prevent falls by using an existing place of work that is already known to be safe.

Do….

  • as much work as possible from the ground
  • ensure workers can get safely to and from where they work at height
  • ensure equipment is suitable, stable and strong enough for the job, maintained and checked regularly
  • take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces
  • provide protection from falling objects
  • consider emergency evacuation and rescue procedures

Don’t…

  • overload ladders – consider the equipment or materials workers are carrying before working at height. Check the pictogram or label on the ladder for information
  • overreach on ladders or stepladders
  • rest a ladder against weak upper surfaces, eg glazing or plastic gutters
  • use ladders or stepladders for strenuous or heavy tasks, only use them for light work of short duration (a maximum of 30 minutes at a time)
  • let anyone who is not competent (who doesn’t have the skills, knowledge, and experience to do the job) work at height
For a cost-effective approach to training your employees, you can benefit from our RoSPA approved Working At Height Online Training Course from only £35pp.

In addition, Quadra can carry out a Working At Height Risk Assessment to help you minimise the risk of accidents associated with Working At Height. For more information, contact us today by emailing info@quadraconsulting.com or by calling 01 832 1493 / 028 9042 3222

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