Work and Rescue Journal: When are we 'Working at Height'?

Mon 25 Mar 2019
posted by Arco Professional Safety Services
The answer may seem quite simple, but as falls from height remain one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries in the work place it doesn’t hurt to remind our-selves how ‘Work at Height’ is defined. So where better to look than the HSE.

Work at height means work in any place where, if precautions were not taken, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. You are working at height if you:

  • work above ground/floor level
  • could fall from an edge, through an opening or fragile surface or
  • could fall from ground level into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground


Work at height does not include a slip or a trip on the level, as a fall from height has to involve a fall from one level to a lower level, nor does it include walking up and down a permanent staircase in a building.



If you require advice and guidance regarding the most practical yet safe fall protection system for ‘Working at Height’ in your industry, please contact us

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