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Tower Block"Working at height", as the name suggests, covers all work activities that are carried out at height.

This includes:

  • 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.

Working platforms

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
  • Floors
  • Scaffold platforms
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • Stepladder treads

Employers' duties

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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