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Last edited 25 May 2018
Work at height regulations
The Work at Height Regulations (2005) came into force on 6 April 2005. They are intended to prevent deaths and injuries caused by falls at work. In 2005/06 falls from height caused 46 fatalities at work and 3350 major injuries.
Duty holders must adopt the following hierarchy:
- Where possible, avoiding work at height.
- Where work at height cannot be avoided, take measures to prevent falls.
- Where risk cannot be eliminated, take measures to minimise the distance and consequences of falls.
- Risks are assessed and managed (including the risks of working on or near fragile surfaces and risks from falling objects).
- People involved in work at height are competent, trained, or supervised if they are being trained.
- Work at height is properly planned and organised (including planning for emergencies and for rescue).
- Account has been taken of weather conditions that could endanger health and safety (work should be postponed if weather conditions endanger health or safety).
- Appropriate equipment is used, inspected and properly maintained (giving use of collective protection measures priority over personal protection measures).
People working under the control of others must:
- Schedule 1: Existing places of work and means of access or egress at height.
- Schedule 2: Guard-rails, toe boards, barriers and similar collective means of protection.
- Schedule 3: Working platforms.
- Schedule 4: Collective safeguards for arresting falls.
- Schedule 5: Personal protection systems.
- Schedule 6: Ladders.
- Schedule 7: Particulars to be included in a report of inspection
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