Over the years, working at height has resulted in several fatalities and injuries to workers across a range of industries. Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries in the UK.
If you manage anyone who works at height or manage works where work at height is undertaken, you must have a good understanding of the work at height activities involved and being carried out. If persons need to work at height, then it is a requirement that hazards are identified and control measures put in place to control each hazard. All work at height must be assessed in a risk assessment and carried out in accordance with a safe system of work.
The 2005 Work at Height Regulations state:
Avoid working at height if possible. If not then the working at height activity should be planned, organised, risk assessed, controlled, appropriately supervised and carried out in accordance with a safe system of work
Only competent people should be involved in any activity or use any equipment associated with working at height, including the planning, risk assessment and supervision of it
The safe system of work and selection of equipment for working at height, must give priority to the provision of fall prevention methods (e.g. barriers or guardrails) over personal fall protection measures (e.g. fall arrest or work restraint)
MRS Training & Rescue have worked with many organisations since the introduction of the working at height regulations in 2005. As no single solution is fit for all working at height situations, we offer a bespokeconsultancy service for industry to develop solutions for all your working at height problems.
This bespoke programme can be used to assess and provide reports for working at height categorisation. Our experience of working in high-risk environments, combined with specialist skills in working at height have made us a perfect partner for many companies undertaking this type of work.
Once we have a full understanding of the unique requirements of the site and work being carried out, our specialists provide help and expertise in completing the necessary documentation commonly associated with working at height, that together form a safe system of work.
These can include:
Permit to work
Rescue plan (emergency arrangements)
These documents, if used correctly, will minimise the risk of something going dramatically wrong when undertaking work at height.
We also provide support to organisations in some of the following areas:
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