Work at height accounts for a significant amount of serious and even fatal injuries and accidents across the UK every year. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 are in place to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height.
By implementing simple, practical measures you can reduce the risk to all members of staff who undertake work at height activities in your school.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines work at height as “work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury”.
Some of the most common causes of accidents due to incorrect work at height in schools include:
The different types of equipment commonly used in schools include:
The selection of equipment should be appropriate for the type of task being undertaken taking into account the working conditions, duration of use and the distance/consequences of a fall.
Before undertaking any work at height consider these three steps:
The detail of the risk assessments should be proportionate to the level of risk associated with the activity. The areas that risk assessments should consider include:
I need more information – help!
Our online Work at Height for Schools course provides all of the key information you might need, and ensures you are competent by providing you with a certificate on successful completion of the assessment. Take a look at the course here.
As well as this, our free ladder inspection form enables you to assess your ladder prior to use, ensuring it is safe for your tasks.
The HSE also offers a lot of free guidance on work at height including suitable control measures.
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