- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 11 Oct 2020
The term 'working platform' is defined by the Work at Height Regulations 2005 as: '...any platform used as a place of work or as a means of access to or egress from a place of work', including: '...any scaffold, suspended scaffold, cradle, mobile platform, trestle, gangway, gantry and stairway which is so used.'
For a platform to be suitable for working at height, it must be:
- Of sufficient size to allow safe passage and use of equipment and materials.
- Free from trip hazards or gaps.
- Clean and tidy.
- Fitted with handrails and toe boards if necessary.
- Not overloaded (this is particularly relevant to trestles that are loaded with blockwork).
- Erected on firm level ground to ensure equipment remains stable.
Before working platforms are used they must be inspected carefully to ensure they are fit for purpose and have been properly assembled or installed. If a platform is exposed to conditions that are liable to result in danger or damage, then it must continue to be inspected at regular intervals.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Construction plant.
- How to remove scaffolding.
- How to use a ladder.
- Lift table.
- Lifting device.
- Lifting platform.
- Mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs).
- Piling mat.
- Post lift.
- Scissor lift.
- Types of crane.
- Types of scaffolding.
- Work at height.
- Working at height - our duty to prevent harm and protect each other.
- Work at height checklist for managers.
- Work at height regulations.
- Working platforms for tracked plant: good practice guide to the design, installation, maintenance and repair of ground-supported working platforms.
Featured articles and news
Six technologies guiding O&M into the future.
Homes carved from sandstone cliffs in England.
A review of the HES pilot project.
Organisation alerts membership to findings of IHBC research.
Four outstanding professionals recognised.
Sustainable flooring from super strong grass.
Organisation presents reactions from industry leaders.
New infrastructure bank to be based in the North of England.
Fairer, faster, greener. A summary of the key points.
Strategies to help provide safer working conditions.
Protecting flora, fauna and the other natural features of Scotland.
Architecture considered somewhere between 'sublime and beautiful'.
Polish piano factory revived through an energy-oriented tune up.