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How to Work at Height Safely

With 11% of incidents on four major public works involving Work at Height, it is imperative to reinforce basic knowledge on safe Working at Height for personnel conducting maintenance tasks in hazardous spaces.

Work at Height constitutes any work taking place on, below, or above ground level where there is a risk of personal injury through falling or from falling objects – so it’s important to consider, are your personnel are Working at Height safely?


Training is the first step to ensure that your personnel are protected whilst Working at Height.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 state that as an employer or duty holder, you are required to ensure that all employees have access to Work at Height equipment that reflects the requirements and regulations, including training in the use of equipment.

Work at Height training courses are designed to help you and your team comply with relevant regulations and at the end of a training course, you should be confident to:

  1. Undertake a working at height risk assessment;
  2. Use access equipment safely;
  3. Reduce or eliminate risk of falls from height;
  4. Ensure compliance with the Work at Height Regulations 2005;
  5. Carry out an effective rescue.


Work at Height Systems

Legislation dictates that a Work at Height System should be in place when employees or contractors carry out Work at Height – there are many solutions available to suit individual site and maintenance requirements, here we discuss the benefits of Heightsafe’s most popular products.

  • Collective Edge Protection: Guardrails and Handrails provide a building with an adequate collective measure of protection (as recommended by the HSE), meaning personnel are able move around the roof space freely without the potential of entering a fall risk area.
  • Personal Fall Protection: Safety Lines, Cables and Tracks are compatible with nearly every roof build up, meaning the system is a great solution for preventing falls whilst completing maintenance works.

Safe Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a vital part of protecting you against Health and Safety risks at work and includes items such as safety harnesses and lanyards – legally required when using most Personal Fall Protection. As an employer it is your duty to ensure that personnel are adequately trained when it comes to selecting the correct PPE for the job, as well as regular testing and maintenance of the equipment.


Inspection, Testing and Compliance

It is important that all Work at Height Systems and PPE are compliant with regulations and are tested and certified regularly by a qualified professional. If your systems are not visibly tagged and in compliance, it will not only invalidate your insurance, but could also lead to prosecution, should an employee, contractor or even trespasser suffer any injuries.


To keep on top of safety at height, Heightsafe’s specialists recommend that you:

  • Appoint a trusted health and safety partner, to give expert advice;
  • Ensure employees are trained;
  • Keep work areas safe;
  • Get your assets and PPE tested regularly.

Related Products and Services

Work at Height Training

Quality training for personnel and contractors who Work at Height to complete cleaning and maintenance works.

Work at Height Systems

Collective and personal measures of Fall Protection for personnel Working at Height on commercial and industrial buildings.

Compliance Testing Services

Expert compliance testing and maintenance services for Work at Height, Roof Access, Façade Access and Lightning Protection systems.

Personal Fall Protection Safety Lines

Offering a personal measure of protection, specialist safety line systems protect users in both Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint situations.

Guardrails, Handrails and Edge Protection

Industry leading Guardrails and Handrails provide a collective measure of protection for multiple personnel who Work at Height.

Lightning Protection Testing and Maintenance

Lightning Protection Testing and Maintenance is essential to ensure your Lightning Protection and Surge Arrest Systems are compliant with regulations and in full working order to protect your people and assets from a strike.

Your Specialist Work at Height Partner

Get in touch with Heightsafe’s friendly, professional team today for free, no obligation advice on your Work at Height requirements.

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