Training CourseÂ Working At Height for UK
Aegis4training. The Work at Height Regulations apply to all work at height where
there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. The regulations place duties
on employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others.
In as much as the employer tries his or her best to create the best environment at
work, it is upon you as an employee to stick to the rules you were given at the
safety harness training and keep yourself and others safe. It is for this reason that
you are required to pass certain tests given after your training to be employed.
Falls from height remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of
the main causes of major injury. In the year 2007/8 58 workers died and 3623 were
injured as a result of a fall from height. Ladders remain the most common agent
involved and account for more than a quarter of all reported falls from height
What is working at height? A place is â€˜at heightâ€™ if (unless the Regulations are
followed) a person could be injured or die falling from it, even if it is at or below
ground level. â€˜Workâ€™ includes moving around at a place of work (except by a
staircase in a permanent workplace) but not travel to or from a place of work. For
instance, a sales assistant on a stepladder would be working at height, but the HSE
would not be inclined to apply the Regulations to a mounted police officer on
Employers are being warned to take correct precautions when their staff work at
height. The HSE regularly applying the law and penalties to individuals and
organisations for breaches of the regulations, particularly when these breaches
result in death or serious injury to employees.
Under Regulations 5 and 6(5)(b), you must ensure that everyone involved in the
work is competent (or, if being trained, is supervised by a competent person). This
includes involvement in organisation, planning, supervision, and the supply and
maintenance of equipment. Where other precautions do not entirely eliminate the
risk of a fall occurring, you must (as far as it is reasonably practicable to do so)
train those who will be working at height how to avoid falling, and how to avoid or
minimise injury to themselves should they fall.