Since 2005 there has been a fairly new legislation when it comes to working at heights. This ruling details the requirements for all employees when it comes to working at height or when working in a situation where there is a risk of falls.
Working at heights can be very dangerous. In fact, it’s what contributes to a quarter of all work related deaths every year. Even if you are self-employed, you are still required to follow the mandatory laws that the government have laid down.
So what are these rules and how do they affect those who work at heights?
Every piece of work that is carried out needs to be assessed for risks. It is also critical that any piece of equipment used is well maintained. This might include cherry pickers, safety harnesses, ropes, boom lifts or scissor lifts.
The risk assessment should also include giving the equipment a visual check and checking the safety or protective equipment. This assessment needs to be written so that it is recorded. This also makes it available for the employee to read, to ensure that they understand the risks involved and are content to follow through with what needs to be done. They will have to sign a document stating that they have read the risk assessment and that they know how to implement the plan that has been derived.
Employers are also responsible for employees to get the right training in order to perform their jobs. This includes health and safety training so that they aren’t put at such risk when doing their work. Employees also need to take responsibility for their own actions and take as much care as possible when working at a height.