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The Do's and Dont's of working at height

Falls from height are one of the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace. Employers can take simple, practical measures to reduce the risk of falls and ensure safe working at height.

Here are our dos and don’ts of working at height:


  • Carefully plan the work at height operation

  • Ensure the safe entrance and exit of workers to work at height apparatus

  • Provide relevant training to all workers who will be working at heights

  • Have a rescue and emergency evacuation plan in place

  • Ensure that all equipment has been tested and inspected and is safe for use

  • Provide protection from falling objects

  • Take necessary precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces


  • Allow untrained personnel to work at heights

  • Use equipment which has expired or has not been tested and inspected

  • Overload equipment

  • Rest ladders on weak surfaces

Research has found that 70% of accidents were a direct result of an individual or work team, which suggests a lack of inadequate supervision, education and training.

We’re one of the UK’s most experienced providers of work at height training, offering courses that can be held at our customers’ premises or at our purpose-built training centre in Sheffield.

For more information on working at height, please contact us...

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