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Recent fall from height highlights the need for Working at Height training

Recent fall from height highlights the need for Working at Height training

04 June 2019

In May, Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court heard how, on 1st December 2016, an electrician fell from a damaged Youngman Board spanning an unprotected stairwell. He proceeded to land on the concrete floor below and sufferred multiple fractures, a bleed on the brain and facial nerve damage.

An HSE investigation found that two directors were aware of the unprotected stairwell but had not carried out risk assessments, identified which control measures were needed, or implemented suitable safety measures to protect workers on site. Read the full article here.

A roofing contractor was also recently been sentenced to 12-months imprisonment and 200 hours unpaid work after failing to take adequate precautions to prevent his workers falling from height and for breaching an HSE Prohibition Notice in April 2018. Read the full article here.

Falls from height account for 1 in 4 fatal injuries to workers

In the UK, falls from height are one of the leading causes of serious and fatal injuries, accounting for 1 in 4 fatal injuries to workers in 2017/18.. Because of this, slips, trips and falls from height have received significant attention and have been widely researched due to their severity and frequency. One of the most frequent problems is inadequate scaffolding, with no proper access or guard rails to prevent falls.

Work at Height Regulations came into effect in 2005

All work at height where there is a significant risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury should be risk assessed and appropriate controls implemented. Work at Height Regulations came into effect in 2005 and were designed to protect workers against the risks of inadequate protection and equipment. The regulations state that it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that any work from height is properly planned, supervised and carried out. This responsibility also includes making sure the right type of work equipment is used and that the people completing the activity are ‘competent’.

The continuing frequency and severity of injuries from falls from height only serves to highlight the need for workers to be properly trained and competent - this is where Develop Training can help.

Realistic training in a true-to-life environment

Develop Training have spent many years working with both large and small employers to develop training courses that equip workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to prevent accidents when working at height. We are industry leaders in health, safety and compliance training and have centres throughout the UK where we provide high quality working at height training courses.

John Kerr, Operations Director at Develop Training, said: "We offer realistic training in a true-to-life environment across a number of our UK centres. All our training centres provide a safe environment for workers to learn in, and our realistic scenarios are specifically designed to reflect real situations that may be encountered on a working site."

Working at height training courses

Develop Training are proud to offer a wide range of working at height training courses, each one designed to suit different needs and requirements. Click here to see the full range. Can't find one to suit your organisation? Simply give us a call - we specialise in working with employers to develop bespoke courses that are suitable for individual organisational needs and requirements.

The pocket guide to working at height

We've developed a pocket guide to working at height that raises awareness of the considerations that should be made prior to commencing any working at height task, how each individual job should be approached and much more. Click here to download it.

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