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Regulations for Working at Height

Work at Height Regulations 2005 suggest that any activities that involve working at height should be assessed and safe systems of work put in place prior to any work commencing.

That means that if you are in the roofing, scaffolding, construction, forestry, storage, glazing or agriculture industries, to name a few, then you will have to follow the correct work at height regulations.

This assessment should consider the appropriate measures necessary to prevent falls from height and, where necessary, additional protective measures to reduce the consequences of a fall should one occur.

Employees should always be reminded that they are not to carry out any work at height unless they have been instructed in the safe working practices and are competent to use any equipment provided.

Ladders and step ladders should be regularly inspected to ensure that they are in good working condition and a record of inspections should be maintained. Employers and those in control of work at height must first assess the risks.

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