Safety Update – Work at Height
A couple of recent court verdicts have highlighted the issue of safe working at height
In one case it was noted that the company had “…..failed to carry out a specific risk assessment for the work, and failed to ensure adequate measures were put in place to reduce the risk of a fall.” a fall that resulted in fractured vertabrae.
In another case “the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that no scaffold platform with guard-rails and toe-boards or any other form of fall prevention equipment were in place to prevent falls either from the edges of the flat roof or at the edge of the lower porch roof.”. Again serious injuries resulted.
Remember a place is ‘at height’ if a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level. There is no minimum height!
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We offer a range of services that may be useful to you including:
• Site safety audits
• Preparation of site specific risk assessments
• Work at height training from awareness to fall arrest
Examples are from the HSE news site
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