Legal Information

There is legislation in place to protect you with The Work at Height Regulations 2005 along with helpful guides produced by The Health and Safety Executive such as ‘Safe Use of Ladders and Step ladders. You can view this by clicking on http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/regulations.htm

There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting Work Equipment for work at Height. Your Employer must:

  • Avoid Work at Height where they can;
  • Use Work Equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and
  • Where they cannot eliminate the Risk of a fall, use Work Equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.

The Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007 provides that Employers must ensure:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised;
  • Those involved in work at height are Competent Employees;
  • The Risks from work at height are Assessed and Appropriate Work Equipment is selected and used;
  • The Risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled; and
  • Equipment for work at height is properly Inspected and Maintained.

This highlights the need for Employers to carefully monitor the Health and Safety Procedures in place.

Falls include falls through fragile material, from steel work, ladders, edges, openings and from scaffolding.

Every Employer should ensure work is not carried out at Height if a Safer alternative method can be used. If Work has to be carried out at height and a safer method is not available then a suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonable, any person from falling a distance likely to cause injury has to be taken.

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Risk Assessment

The assessment your Employer is obliged to carry out is referred to as a Risk Assessment. This has to be carried out by your Employer to identify any potential risks of Health and Safety taking into account working conditions, risks caused by premises and the undertaking of the work in question by you as well as the specific use of the equipment concerned. This requires employers to make arrangements to cover the 'effective planning, organisation, control, monitoring and review' of health and safety. Where the Employer employs five or more employees, the Employer must record these details in writing. This is often known as the Health & Safety Policy document required by the Health & Safety at Work Act. Risk assessments must take special account of any particular risks to young people

Defective equipment can also cause injuries where the body is struck by the material being worked on, or by a part of the actual equipment or even another employee operating the defective work equipment.

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