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What you must do

The Work at Height Regulations aim to prevent deaths and injuries caused each year by falls at work.

They apply to all work at height where it is likely someone will be injured if they fall.

The regulations set out three simple rules for work at height:

  • AVOID work at height if you can - If you don't need to go up there, don't!!
  • If work at height cannot be avoided PREVENT falls by selecting and using the right access equipment
  • MINIMISE the impact of any fall. Where you cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other means to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall, should one occur

Each point should be considered in the order shown.

You should only be considering types of access equipment once you have decided that work at height is unavoidable.

Any work at height MUST;

  • Be kept to a minimum
  • Be properly planned
  • Be appropriately supervised
  • Be carried out by someone who is trained and competent and able to complete the task safely and erect/use/dismantle or operate as appropriate the selected access equipment.

Do not attempt to carry out any work at height in unsuitable weather conditions (eg wind, rain or ice!)

If you are going to work at height you should be trained and competent, and be able to;

  • complete the task safely
  • erect/use/dismantle or operate as appropriate the selected access equipment

If you are still being trained you should be supervised by a fully trained and competent person.

How to manage risk