Working at Height

Falling from height is the most common accident in the workplace, and in fact the most common cause of a fatal accident, and has been  for many years. A fall ranges from stepping off a step stool which is most likely to leave no more than a sprain to the worst case scenario of falling off a ladder, a roof or from a faulty piece of high rise equipment.  The worst accidents often prove fatal.

There is no minimum height requirement in the 2005 Work at Height Regulations.  Many people think that work at low level height is not a risk and therefore do not think of taking precautions. Any work undertaken where you do not have both feet on the ground will involve an element of risk, so some thought and planning needs to be taken in to consideration and those who work at height must be competent.

Working at height occurs in many businesses, from climbing ladders to clean windows and gutters, using mobile platforms, working from scaffolding, working on mezzanine floors or simply changing light bulbs. All of these  (and many more instances) involve risk. Albeit at different risk levels. The above mentioned regulations also ask workers to consider items that might fall from height and cause injury to those below.

Planning, organising, risk assessing are all essential to mitigate the chance of an accident. Training yourself and your staff is a legal requirement and the easiest way is to log on to our ROSPA approved training at which has a low cost of £25 + VAT per head. However Westminster Compliance are also pleased to provide face to face training for groups if required

Remember that if you have done the best that you can to prevent falls from height, and can prove it, then you are unlikely to find yourself in a bad situation should an accident occur.

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Westminster Compliance was established to provide a more personal, proactive health and safety consultancy that would keep businesses working and compliant with ever-changing legislation.

Our presentations and training are interesting and fun because we want our clients to buy into health and safety, and definitely not to see it as a boring, unnecessary nuisance. We know that our best service is provided to small and medium sized organisations and have developed a system that works in most industries.
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