Working at Heights Regulations 2005
Every year people die and thousands suffer a serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace or by objects falling from a height.
Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury and the second most common cause of major injury to employees, accounting for 15% of all such injuries. All industry sectors are exposed to the risks presented by this hazard although the level of incidence varies considerably.
The above regulations came in to force on 6 April 2005 and replace all the earlier regulations about working from height.
Work at height is work in any place (including at or below ground level) where a person could be injured by falling from it. Work includes moving around at a place of work (except by a staircase in a permanent place of work).
- Require every employer to ensure that work at height is properly planned, appropriately supervised and is carried out in a manner which so far as is reasonably practicable safe and that the planning includes the selection of work equipment in accordance with the regulations
- Require employers to ensure that persons at work are competent or supervised by competent persons
- Set out the steps to be taken to avoid risk from work at height
- Impose duties in relating to the selection of work equipment and impose duties in relation to particular types of work equipment such as platforms or personal fall protection systems
- Impose duties for avoiding the risks from fragile surfaces, falling objects and danger areas
- Impose duties on persons who are at work.
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