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Working at Heights

What really is considered to be working at heights?

What Really Is Considered To Be Working at Height?

The concept of working at heights is often misunderstood as work which is categorised within a certain sector whilst at a large height from a surface i.e. construction. This common misconception of height is that of a worker hundreds of feet in the air, held on by a safety harness, but the HSA explains it to be work in any place, including a place at, above or below ground level, where a person could be injured if they fell from that place, such as trenches, a mobile platform or ladder.

In 2014, falls from height were the most common cause of fatalities, accounting for nearly three in ten (29%) fatal injuries to workers. A total of 1.5 million working days were lost due to slips & trips and falls in the same year. Although the number of fatal injuries has seen a continued decrease over the past 10 years, the number of fatal fall injuries has remained steady.

Occupation of workers killed by falls from height between 2013 to 2014

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The Work at Height Regulations require employers to ensure that all work at height is properly planned and organised and that a risk assessment is carried out for all work conducted at height. The risk assessment should examine the harm that could be potentially caused to those who are exposed to this working environment and explore the effective steps in reducing such harm.

When working at heights it is vital that staff have been correctly trained, ensuring against any avoidable accident or injury. Olive Safety provide exquisite training which ONLY takes half a day to complete. The Working at Heights course is designed to reduce the possibility of any accidents, injuries or falls. Attendees will learn all the core principles surrounding working at heights, such as planning ahead, risk assessment, safe practice and much more. Failure to provide staff with protection will result in employer liability.

If you’re involved in work exposed to heights such as scaffolding, ladders, roofing (to name just a few), please do not hesitate to contact us at or visit our website at for further information.