Working at height safely – what you need to know

Falls and injuries from working at height are amongst the most common kinds of accidents in the construction industry, but incidents involving working at height can also affect people in other industries. For example:
• Window cleaners
• Satellite engineers and installers
• Roofers
• Painters and decorators
Health and safety training
If any part of your job requires working at height, even for a short period of time, you need to undergo health and safety training to enable you to carry out your work safely. Covered on these courses are the following:
• Operating mobile elevating working platforms (MEWPS)
• Safe working with harnesses
• Supervising and co-ordinating working at height
• Loading and unloading plant machinery before transportation by road
• Assembling, dismantling, altering, moving and inspecting prefabricated aluminium and fibreglass towers
• Using low level prefabrication units
• Safe inspection and use of ladders
• Working at height awareness
Employers’ responsibilities
The responsibility for safe working at height is mainly the employer’s, who should be sending staff on the appropriate health and safety training courses as well as providing safe and regularly inspected equipment. Managers and business owners also need to provide all protective measures for people working at height in accordance to current regulations and guidance.