Working at heights: Safety for employees
Thursday, 01 April 2010 00:00
heightDid you know that over 4,000 employees suffered a major injury as a result of a fall from height in 2008/09?

Working at height covers a range of scenarios, from loading shelves to carrying out property maintenance. It's just one of the very important safety issues that are being dealt with on a daily basis by almost every company. 

How we can help

Absolute Health and Safety Ltd can give guidance to employers as they help employees who may be working at height. We give assistance in an informative and user-friendly way so you can keep your employees safe. 

One of the things we'll help you with is a compliant "work at height risk assessment". This would cover what task the employee is carrying out and for how long, how the task should be done and whether any materials are to be taken up or brought down. It should also look at what can be done to reduce the risk of the person or materials falling, and will give the safest option for the task to be carried out safely. 

Working with ladders: employers responsibilities

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 do not ban ladders. They do say that ladders should only be considered where a risk assessment has shown that other work equipment isn't appropriate because of low risk, short duration of the task or where the work is located. ’Schedule 6: Requirements for Ladders' 

Risk assessments

Risk assessments can be used for all scenarios, from accessing high storage to changing ceiling panels. It is important that risk assessments are completed correctly. If you're not carrying out the control measures identified in your risk assessments, the potential for your employees to be hurt may be greater. 

Contact Absolute Health and Safety Ltd for all your risk assessment needs. We can also help create informative, user-friendly method statements to help your employees carry out tasks safe in the knowledge that they are protected as far as reasonably practicable. Absolute Health and Safety Ltd also run training programmes for you and your employees so that everyone is given the correct knowledge, which in turn will enable them to work to the safest method possible, thus preventing injuries now and in the future. 

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