Archive Working At Height

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Working From Height - That Old Chestnut

Working at height still accounts for a large proportion of accidents within the construction industry. However we do seem to be getting better at safety as is highlighted by the NASC 2017 Safety Report. Scaffolding and the use of MEWP's to carry out work at height has meant less accidents on site when complying with the industry safety standards, SG4:15. That said, we still have a way to go with training standards and the delivery of courses to support our scaffolders. It is nice to see that progress...
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Free 'Working At Heights Seminar - Bradford'

The HSE are offering a FREE working at heights seminar in Bradford on 25th June. The event will provide information on working at height, it offers employers and workers advice and guidance to comply with the law and work safely at height. It is very important that all work at height is planned, organised and carried out by competent persons and the correct equipment used. For more information and online booking visit Working at Heights Seminar - 25 June 2013
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Fragile Roofs - Working Practice

The HSE has an excellent FREE guide for safe working practices when working on fragile roofs. Falls through fragile roofs and fragile roof lights account for almost a fifth of all fatal accidents resulting from a fall from height in the construction industry. This is often the case when working on older buildings, you need to make your workers aware of the issues and give them guidance accordingly. If you would like to know more please visit
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Scaffolding Serious Hazard

After recently reading about a scaffolder that has, very sadly, lost part of brain in fall from a scaffold we thought we would remind our readers about the serious hazards regarding scaffolding. The HSE has an FAQ about scaffolding on their web site and there are guidelines available that you can follow. Although it is too late for this unfortunate man we need to understand the seriousness of allowing untrained staff access to such dangerous structures. If not competent the worker should be supervised...
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1 In 5 Construction Sites Fail Safety Checks

We read that nearly one in five construction sites failed safety checks during a national initiative to improve construction site safety. This is a slight improvement on previous years which is good news, but is this trend down to less construction work being carried out? The investigation was carried out by HSE staff and concentrated on high-risk activity including working at height and ensuring sites were in 'good order', being clean and tidy with clear access routes. If you would like Ai...
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Working From Height Advice

The HSE has a web site to aid you in selecting the correct type of access equipment to use for working at height. They have developed a simple table of 6 questions that provides guidance and details on some of the most common types of access equipment. To find out more, see the HSE's WAIT Tool
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Construction: Falls From Height Still a Common Occurence

We have noticed that there are still a lot of 'falls from height' being reported within the construction industry. Much of this occurs because of bad planning and lack of proper and detailed risk assessments. Is this lack of risk asessments because we are all being too lazy, or that due to a lack of resources at the HSE, we think we can 'get away with it'? We would hope not! Even so, the fact that someone can, and does, get injured should make us realise how the 'good practice' of doing a risk...
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Working at Height: Cherry Picker Struck by Overhead Crane

A very serious accident recently occured when a crane hit a cherry picker and the basket was knocked to the ground leaving Alexander Struthers, a steel erector, with multiple broken bones. Following the case being heard at Lanark Sheriff Court, Health and Safety Executive Inspector Eve Macready said: "This completely avoidable incident has had an enormous impact on Mr Struthers' life. "Duty holders have an obligation to ensure all work at height is properly planned and a proper risk assessment...
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HSE - Falls From Height Prosecutions

The HSE has prosecuted two companies after three workers fell through skylights on three separate occasions at an industrial unit in Warrington. The SHP reported that, on three separate occasions, three similar incidents were allowed to happen. An astonished HSE officer stated that "A man was sent on to a roof without safety equipment, despite two caretakers falling through skylights less than a month earlier" As we all know, more workplace deaths are caused by falls from height than anything else...
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HSE Advice - Working at Height and Fragile Roof Safety

Falls through fragile roofs and fragile rooflights are a major cause of death and injury at work. A company director was recently sentenced to 16 months imprisonment for not acting to prevent a fatal fall through a fragile rooflight. This link to a safety alert advises building companies on how to prevent injury and comply with legal requirements. Follow this link for more on fragile roof safety..
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HSE Advice - Working at Height on minor roof work/roof edges

This Advice helps you identify the risks involved with minor roof work choose the right access equipment to do the job and considers Working conditions, Height, Surface, Ground, Weather and the type of task you are undertaking. Follow this link for minor roof work/roof edges.
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HSE Advice - Working at Height & using tower scaffolds safely

This information sheet is aimed at users of mobile access towers (also known as tower scaffolds or towers). It will also help those who select and specify such equipment. Select this link to find out more using ladders safely.
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HSE Advice - Working at Height & using ladders safely

On average 13 people a year die at work falling from ladders and nearly 1200 suffer major injuries. More than a quarter of falls happen from ladders. HSE's key message is that that ladders should only be used for low-risk, short-duration work. What do I need to know? The Work at Height Regulations (2005) came into force in April 2005. Employers have a duty to assess the risks, plan and supervise all workers who work at height. You will find guidance about the regulations in the working at height...
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