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Warning: If your company isn't up to speed on the legal requirements for working at heights you're asking for trouble

by , 09 July 2014
If your employees work at heights, they could be in danger. That's why there are safety regulations for this situation. If your company isn't up to speed on these regulations, it could be in danger of DoL fines.

These regulations aren't complicated. You basically need to do a risk assessment to identify the falling hazards. Then you must create a plan of action to protect your employees from the hazards.

But there are a few specifics you need to know about...

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Here are some specifics of the regulations for working at heights

 
Any work your employees do at height falls under Construction Regulations 2014. 
 
These say you must have a fall protection plan to protect your employees anytime they work at heights. 
 
The Construction Regulations say a safety consultant must draw up your fall protection plan. This plan must include PPE, such as a fall protection harness, safety equipment such as railings or fencing around the raised area. 
 
In addition, the General Safety Regulations 6, says employees can only do elevated work safely from a ladder or scaffolding or from any other safety position (such as a platform you've secured) so you need to adhere to this too.
 
And while the most common way for your employees to do elevated work is on scaffolding, there are particular regulations around this too...
 
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The safety regulations around scaffolding 

 
The regulations say when you erect scaffolding you must have at least three competent people involved:
 
1. Scaffolders (these can be maintenance employees and you can have as many as you like);
2. Scaffold supervisor – team leader; and
3. Scaffold inspector.
 
If you follow all of these regulations for your employees working at heights, you'll be able to sleep easy knowing you've done what you can for them so they can do their jobs safely.


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