Work at Height

Work at height is considered a height from which an employee or other person may be injured by falling from it. This may include at height which is at or below ground level. As an employer you are required to protect your employees and other persons from risks associated with work at height.

The following sections detail the risks associated with the use of ladders and MEWPs as well as the legal requirements regarding work at height.


Work at height is covered by the following regulation:

Employer Responsibilities

As an employer you are required to:

  • Avoid all work at height where possible
  • Identify the hazards and assess the risks associated with work at height
  • Ensure that all work at height is properly planned and organised
  • Ensure that appropriate work equipment must be selected and used
  • Ensure that work at height is completed by competent persons
  • Ensure that all equipment used for work at height must be appropriately inspected and maintained
  • Ensure that risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled

Where scaffolding is used, employers must ensure:
  • Scaffolding is only assembled, dismantled and or altered by those who have received scaffold training
  • Every scaffold and all of its parts are of good design and construction
  • Scaffolding is made of suitable material and is appropriate for the work to be undertaken
  • Incomplete scaffolding is clearly marked with warning signs to ensure it is not used by any persons
  • Safe access and egress is provided to those working on the scaffold

Employee Responsibilities

Employees also have duties, you need to:

  • Co-operate with your employers health and safety rules and procedures
  • Use the control measures your employer have provided to eliminate or reduce your risk of exposure to chemicals
  • Ensure that you are not under the influence of any intoxicants which may cause danger to yourself or others
  • Report any defects in your workplace equipment or machinery
  • Report any accidents or incidents to your employer immediately

Do not engage in any unsafe behaviour that may put yourself or others at risk!

Page updated: 12/05/2015

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