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Is Your Sector a Priority Target for HSE in 2018?

The Health and Safety Executive have recently released the priority sectors that they will be targeting in 2018. In this blog post, we look at each of these sectors from at work at height point of view – providing advice on what measures you can take to avoid hefty fines, on the spot fines and Fees for Intervention…


Accounting for almost 30% of fatal injuries, 210 construction workers are killed each year on average in the construction sector


Waste and Recycling

Fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector are 10 times the average


Public Services

5 workers are killed on average each year in the public services sector



Accounting for almost 20% of workplace fatalities, 27 workers are killed each year on average in the manufacturing sector


Logistics and Transport

Non-fatal injury rates are almost double compared to all other sectors



Accounting for only 1% of the GB workforce, 32 people are killed on average each year which equates to 20% of workplace fatalities



Our Top Tips

  1. Fall Protection Systems: whilst working at height it is a requirement to either have personal measures or collective measures in place. From guardrails to safety lines, adequate and compliant edge protection should be at the top of your list
  2. Training: whilst having fall protection systems in place is imperative, it is also a legal requirement to ensure that employees are regularly trained to carry out working at height while using equipment safely and, contractors visiting your site can prove they are adequately trained
  3. Testing: for systems to remain compliant with current legislations, it is a legal requirement to ensure that they are regularly tested and tagged for use. Testing standards differ dependant on the system, but are generally within a 6 to 12 month bracket
  4. Appoint a Work at Height Partner: by appointing an expert Work at Height partner, advice and resolutions are readily available when and where you need it – a preferable solution for multi-site operations


The Health and Safety Executive will also be targeting other sectors throughout 2018, so it is important to consider how incorporating a work at height plan could save you money in the long run. Speak to one of our specialists today – [email protected] / 020 3819 7199

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