3 Steps to reduce Working at Height risk

3 Steps to reduce Working at Height risk
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In this Episode of Safeti School, we walk through the three step decision-making process for minimising risk when working at at height. AVOID – PREVENT – MINIMISE.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers to do the following when assessing work at height:

Before working at height you must follow these simple steps:

  • avoid work at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so
  • where work at height cannot be easily avoided, prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment
  • minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated

You should:

  • 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
  • not overload or overreach when working at height
  • take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces
  • provide protection from falling objects
  • consider emergency evacuation and rescue procedures

Resources for Working at Height Podcast

Decision Guide – step-by-step guide from the HSE

HSE Statistics – falls from working at height the most common cause of fatality at work

safeti school working at height regulations

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