Work at height means work in any place where, if there are no precautions in place where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. for example, you are working at height if you: are working on a ladder or a roof: could fall through a fragile surface: could fall into an opening in a floor or hole in the ground.
Before working at height you must work through these simple steps:
- Avoid working at height where it is reasonably practicable to do so
- Where working at height cannot be avoided
- Prevent falls using either an existing place of work that is already safe or the right type of equipment
- Minimise the distance and consequences of a fall by using the right type of equipment where the risk cannot be eliminated
If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example a contractor or factory owner), the regulations apply to you.
For contractors and engineers accessing flat roofs to carry out essential building repair and maintenance, safety systems are a key part of HSE requirements.
Here at Uk Roof Solutions we can offer comprehensive fall prevention and access solutions to protect your business.