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Topics: Falls From Height


Those who work at height should never forget that gravity is no respecter of persons.  It affects everyone - too many times with disastrous consequences - resulting in serious, permanent injuries or death.  All industry sectors are exposed to the risk presented by this hazard although the level of incidence varies considerably.  It is essential for employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) to be fully up-to-date with the Work at Height Regulations (NI) 2005 and appropriate guidance.

Source - HSE (GB)
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Key Messages/Current Issues:

  • Prevention

    Falls from height incidents can be prevented by:

    • recognising the problem;
    • preparing a safe system of work and implementing it;
    • making sure the workforce are trained and supervised.

    For more information and advice visit the HSE website at the following link: working at height

  • Preparation

    When planning work at height it is essential to select the appropriate piece of work equipment and not just select from what the company has available.

    Make sure work equipment is well maintained!

  • Priorities

    Remember - collective fall prevention measures have priority over personal protection measures.

    A variety of Construction Information Sheets are available from the HSE website.

    A useful video on roof work can be found here:

    Fragile Roof – Fragile Lives

Key Legislation

The Work at Height Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

Please note that these links are to the original legislation, visitors should verify for themselves whether legislation is in force or whether it has been amended or repealed by subsequent legislation.