"Working at height", as the name suggests, covers all work activities that are carried out at height.
- working from ladders, scaffolds and platforms;
- working on roofs and bridges;
- working over tanks and pits.
But it is not limited to just these types of situation and actually covers a wide range of height levels, from the person working hundreds of feet above the ground, to the person standing on a chair in an office changing a light bulb, and even to those working at ground level or below ground where there is a risk of injury from falling.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 altered the definition of working platforms. Prior to the regulations such platforms were viewed as fully-boarded platforms with handrails and toe boards. However, as a result of the regulations working platforms now include the following:
- Roof surfaces
- Scaffold platforms
- Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
- Stepladder treads
Employers and anyone controlling work at height processes must properly plan the work and supervise it adequately - they must ensure those carrying out the work are competent to do so and that the right equipment and systems of work are used.
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