Working at height has been around for a number of years, and the pace of changes in recent years show that it is not slowing up anytime soon. It is often an essential part of activities in a range of industries – construction, telecommunications and offshore to name but a few.
Legislation and processes have evolved over time to help mitigate the risks of working at height, however, despite great efforts to tighten regulations and numerous awareness campaigns; falls from height remain the most common cause of workplace fatalities.
According to the UK HSE:
- In Britain alone, more than one million businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year.
- In the UK alone, more than 40 people are killed and 4,000 are seriously injured every year due to working at height.
- Since 2011, working at height remains in the top 5 ‘kind of accident’ category for offshore work.
- In the last 5 years HSE report 3 offshore fatalities, 1 of which is due to working at height.
Efforts to change and improve work at height are being made, however between new and updated product standards, the latest regulations and a wide range of guidance, there is a lot to keep up with across the work at height industry.
How can we help?
We are experts in working at height and can support you to ensure the following are implemented correctly, adhered to and communicated to staff:
- Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance/equivalent country guidance
- Industry trade bodies for example IRATA, SPRAT and the Norsk Standard NS9600
- International standard ISO 22846 Rope access systems part 1 & 2
We also have extensive experience;
- as the Technical Authority for organisations,
- developing and updating processes, procedures, policies and safe systems of work
- Introducing proactive initiatives for organisations including monthly themes, internal safety tours and active monitoring.
- providing awareness sessions to Senior Management and leadership teams
- reviewing risks, consequences and mitigations for operations and projects
- advising on procurement of equipment, materials and services
- auditing and inspections
- Ensuring compliance with GWO/IRATA and ISO 22846 audit requirements