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Working at height in ports and docks

Working at height is one of the biggest causes of work-related fatalities and major injuries.

Many of the activities carried out in ports/docks could lead to a fall from height. These activities may be during routine operations, maintenance activities or unexpected or unplanned activities. In ports/docks, the added hazard of working near water means a fall may lead to the risk of drowning.

Typical falls from height hazards in ports and docks

Before any work is carried out at height the risk should be determined and appropriate control measures put in place.

Which laws apply?

Further information

Port Skills and Safety website for guidance on:

Marine and Coastguard Agency’s Marine Guidance Note

Updated 2014-06-02