Working safely at height. How to avoid personal injury & financial loss when completing tasks that require leaving the ground

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2022 August

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport
    People and communities > Health & safety


    Scope & contentBy Andrew Wilkinson, Milling and Grain magazine

    According to the latest Health and Safety Executive statistics, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. In 2019/20, falls from height accounted for 29 out of 111 workplace deaths (26%), in the UK. In the period 2015-19 there was an average of 36 fatalities per year due to falls from height (24% of all workplace fatalities).

    An operative is considered to be working at height if they are completing a task using a ladder or a flat roof, a situation where if there were no precautions in place, they could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.

    Read more about:
    Risk assessment
    Controlling the risks
    Fragile surfaces
    Using a safety harness safely
    Training is essential
    Have a rescue plan in place
    The consequences of non-compliance


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