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A fear of heights could be a good thing

24 September 2008

British Safety Council launched a working at heights course to try and help reduce number of injured each year
‘A maintenance fitter lost his footing on the second rung of a ladder. His feet slipped through the rungs and he was killed when his head hit the floor as he fell backwards.’

A fear of heights could be a good thing
A fear of heights could be a good thing

Falls from height remain the most common kind of workplace fatality. More than a quarter of falls happen from ladders. On average 13 people a year die at work falling from ladders and nearly 1200 suffer major injuries.

Following the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations which came into force in April 2005, employers have a duty to assess the risks, plan and supervise all workers who work at height. Taking simple action such as ensuring that your ladders are in good working condition and carrying out pre-use checks at the beginning of the day are essential and should become part of the working day.

To help the British Safety Council has launched a one-day course designed to provide a good understanding of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the impact of the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007.

The course teaches delegates when the WAH regulations apply, the importance of the hierarchy of fall protection and how to establish arrangements to comply with the law.

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