Last edited 24 Sep 2021

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.

The regulations apply to all work at any height (even if it is at or below ground level) where there is risk of a fall that may cause injury. The regulations impose duties on:

  • Employers.
  • Self-employed people.
  • People that control the work of others.

Duty holders must adopt the following hierarchy:

Where work at height is necessary, duty holders are required to ensure that:

People working under the control of others must:

Schedules are provided at the end of the regulations, setting out requirements for specific circumstances:

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