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Working at Height

Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on smaller projects. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls from ladders, scaffold, working platforms and roof edges and through fragile roofs or rooflights.

Employers and the self employed are required by law to:

  • Follow the risk assessments you have carried out for work at height and ensure all work at height is planned, organised and carried out by competent people;
  • Follow the hierarchy for managing risks from work at height - take steps to avoid, prevent or reduce risks;
  • Choose the right work equipment and select collective measures to prevent falls (such as guardrails and working platforms) before other measures which may only mitigate the distance and consequences of a fall (such as nets or airbags) or which may only provide personal protection from a fall.

Brandon Hire offer Working at Height courses to make sure you understand the regulations and how to work safely, including:

  • How to recognise a problem
  • Provide safe systems of work
  • Choose appropriate equipment

Our courses include Working at Height, MEWPs Training, Ladders and Steps, Harness Awareness and Lanyard Training and you can find out more at

The experienced staff in our branches can also offer advice on the most appropriate safety equipment to use in line with the regulations, such as guardrails, working platforms and air bags.

Working At Height
Working At Height

Within Hire Station we have a dedicated range of height safety equipment that can be used to protect yourself and your workforce in virtually every circumstance, whether it is working on a ladder or using access towers. More often than not it is the most simple of devices, such as a stabilising ladder foot, that will help shield you from any form of serious harm. With our broad range of protective and preventative equipment you no longer need to take the minutest of risks, exposing yourself or your workforce to potentially fatal injuries.

Working at Height Regulations

The implementation of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 drew together existing legislation into a single set of regulations, designed to improve the safety of those who work at height.

The Basic Elements Of The Regulations Are:

Work at height is eliminated where possible.

Where elimination is not possible, fall prevention measures are in place such as guard rails, scaffolding and safe working platforms.

Where fixed measures are not possible, fall arrest systems are in place such as safety harnesses as well as other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The appropriate equipment has been selected and provided, and that it is well maintained, regularly inspected and properly used.

Companies know how to choose suitable contractors and monitor their work while they are on site.

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