Compliance & FAQs
Compliance is a question of Teamwork and Common Sense
Working at height actually means carrying out work in any place from which a fall may result in harm to the worker.
Although it is often the employer or duty-holder (i.e. the person who commissions the work) who is regarded as being chiefly responsible, in truth, everyone has a responsibility to ensure that any operative working at height is as safe as possible and that all eventualities have been foreseen and planned for.
Avoid, Prevent, Minimise
Start by following the hierarchy of avoid, prevent, minimise and if work at height is unavoidable the person who will carry out the work must be trained to do so to ensure he or she is ‘competent’.
Analyse and Plan
Try to take into account all possible eventualities. This may include:
• Weather conditions
• Check that the area of work is safe and that all areas that may present a fall risk are guarded and signed
• Consider the potential of falling objects
• Make sure that all materials are stacked or stored safely
• Plan a rescue strategy which can be quickly and effectively implemented
Note: This list is not exhaustive. All situations are different and require their own evaluation.
Select the best equipment for the job – it is often useful to refer to the WAIT Toolkit on the HSE website as this helps you to evaluate the circumstances and proposes solutions. Make sure your equipment is in good condition by visually checking and referring to the manufacturer’s guide.
Make sure anyone involved in using equipment designed to avoid injury is fully trained in its use as incorrect use may generate accidents not prevent them. Sayfa run training courses for the use of all their equipment at minimal cost so please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safety is not a tick box exercise. It is about working together to ensure we all remain safe. Employers, employees architects and building designers all have a role to play
• Employers should assess, plan and provide safety equipment but also consult with their employees as to the risks involved and how best to prevent issues arising.
• Employees have a legal duty to look after themselves use any safety equipment made available to them and should involve themselves in raising any issues of concern with their employer
• Architects and Designers should, wherever possible, design out the need to work at height or make provision for work at height to be carried out safely.
We are all safer in a team.
The above is only intended as a brief introduction to the issues surrounding working at height in the construction industry and is designed only to act as a prompt for further reading. Please refer to the HSE website for more detailed information.