Safety issues - Working at height

Falls from height is a significant cause of injury within the plastics sector. Approximately 15% of all enforcement notices served by HSE in plastics companies between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2011 were as a result of poor work at height management.

Work at height includes the risk of falls from low heights where a person could be injured, as well as the more obvious risk of falling from higher heights such as off scaffolding etc. Common areas of concern for work at height issues in plastic manufacturing companies include:

The Law

The Law requires employers to ensure:

When carrying out assessments for managing and selecting equipment for work at height there is a simple hierarchy employers should use as follows:

More information

More information on particular areas of managing the risks from work at height can be found as follows:

Updated 2021-11-08