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HSE Priority Sectors – 2019

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recently released their summary statistics for 2018’s Health and Safety at work, where it stated that falls from height resulting in non-fatal injuries has increased by 1% Year on Year. In this blog post our experts explore the HSE’s priority sector plans for 2019, providing advice on how to proactively prevent falls from height…




The UK’s Agriculture sector has a consistently poor record for managing Health and Safety, accounting for around 20% of worker deaths. The HSE are looking to see significant improvements in all areas of Health and Safety performance across the Agriculture sector in 2019 – specifically focussing on a reduction in fatal injury rates, together with an increased ownership of developing and implementing solutions from leaders.

Work on fragile surfaces is a common occurrence in the Agricultural sector, so our specialists recommend that all personnel receive Roof Top Safety Awareness training – it is also recommended that Protective Skylight Covers and Roofing Walkways are installed where possible, as a control measure for personnel when Working at Height.


Bio Economy

As a sector that covers a diverse range of activities, the HSE have specified that strong risk management will need to keep pace with innovation and change as the market is expected to grow to around £10 billion by 2030. In addition to this, the prevention of incidents for workers, members of the public and the environment are also a key priority.

Manage Work at Height risks with Heightsafe’s specialist Roof Asset and Condition Surveys and Height Risk Assessments – providing you with a full overview of the control measures required to remain compliant with regulations.



The UK’s Construction sector is the most high-profile priority sector, accounting for almost 30% of all fatal injuries. Whilst performance has improved over the past decade, showing a general, long-term downward trend, developments in the management of risks have not kept pace with safety improvements. This sector continues to be a priority for the HSE, with improvements in risk management for smaller projects a key outcome.

Providing cost-effective Collective Edge Protection on live construction sites can be a challenge. However, with Heightsafe’s innovative Leading Edge Barriers you can provide a collective measure of protection for Work at Height, withstanding a load of up to 500kg – protecting both workers and tools from falling.


Logistics and Transport

With a worse-than-average record for Health and Safety performance, the Logistics and Transport sector will be a priority sector for the HSE in 2019. Whilst risks such as Working at Height are well known in the industry, there is still room for improvement.

The risk of injury for workers caused by falls from vehicles is significant, however with Heightsafe’s innovative Vehicle Safety Fall Protection solutions, risks are mitigated. Take a look at how these solutions can improve Health and Safety performance across the Logistics and Transport sector.



The UK’s Manufacturing sector has a mixed Health and Safety record, accounting for almost 20% of all fatalities, more improvements need to be made. The HSE are looking to see improvements in all areas of Health and Safety performance – specifically focussing on reducing the number of serious and fatal incidents, alongside increased cooperation to identify and solve Health and Safety problems the sector is currently facing.

Improving Health and Safety culture is a key mission for Heightsafe, and as part of an ongoing strategy to achieve this, our specialists are offering Free Work at Height Consultations for clients nationwide. Learn more and book yours today!



Increasingly popular for adventure, education, and tourism, the Mining sector’s Health and Safety hazards and control measures are well known. Whilst conditions in the sector have improved greatly over the years, the HSE have specified that controlling major accident hazards will remain a focus of their activities as well as addressing a decline in core skills.

FACT! 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.

Heightsafe offer a wide range of training services, from general Height Safety Awareness, to Confined Space Access and Rescue courses. Improve your personnel’s core skills by speaking to one of our friendly specialists today.


Offshore Energy

The UK is a world leader in Offshore Energy, and the sector provides around 70% of Great Britain’s energy requirements. Health and Safety risks are vast in this sector, however the HSE’s key focusses across 2019 are to manage the risks associated with ageing infrastructure and failure of asset integrity, as well as the prevention of major incidents. With the production capacity of offshore wind expected to double by 2020, it is also a priority of the HSE’s to improve leadership, competence and workforce involvement.

Maintenance of Offshore Energy farms can be a difficult challenge, with access to key components often hard to reach. Heightsafe’s dedicated Rope Access team are available to undertake your maintenance strategy with the highest levels of Work at Height compliance in mind.


Public Services

From health and social care to emergency services and the military, the UK’s Public Services sector accounts for around 30% of the GB workforce. As the sector has the the ability to influence public safety, the HSE is aiming to address safety issues in high-hazard activities whilst improving awareness of standards.

The Public Services sector is wide spread, often with multiple property portfolios spread across different locations. Heightsafe’s Digital Asset Management Tool offers clients the ability to fully manage and view their portfolio and projects – using just one platform. Make Work at Height compliance an easy process with Heightsafe today.


Waste and Recycling

The Waste and Recycling sector has a high rate of workplace injury, with around 5% of workers injured annually which is around double the all-industry rate. The HSE are looking to see significant improvements in all areas of Health and Safety performance, with particular mention of increased ownership of developing and implementing solutions.

Improve your Health and Safety culture with Heightsafe’s Free Work at Height Consultations. Our specialists are available to discuss how a Work at Height plan can not only protect personnel, but also reduce budgetary expenditure in the long run.



TOP TIP! The HSE specifies that collective measures of protection should always take priority over personal measures. Learn more about the different types of measures in our recent blog post.

Fines and prosecutions being issued by the HSE are on the increase, so don’t get caught out! To learn more about how Heightsafe can become Your Specialist Work at Height Partners, get in touch with our friendly professional team today.


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