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18. Which industries need to protect workers from falls at heights?

You might be fooled into thinking that only the construction industry needs to worry about workers falling from heights. But here at Oxford Safety, we want to tell you about other industries that might be risking workers safety at heights. Read on to find out more …

Just over a quarter of fatal injuries reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) were caused by falls at work. And only 18% of which occurred in the construction industry.

The number of falls from heights is rising and it’s time businesses wake up to their responsibilities and put a priority on risk assessing workers tasks.

So, what other industries have experienced falls from heights and what industries need to consider their workers safety at heights too?

Industries that work at height

According to the HSE some of the industries that had fatal injuries from falls included agriculture, forestry, fishing and manufacturing.

But that’s not the whole picture.

You only have to look at the latest news articles to see that big industry names are facing lawsuits due to workers falling from heights.

Just recently, supermarket giant, Iceland, were in hot water after a contractor fell whilst installing air conditioning units.

And the private sector is not alone in making the headlines for the wrong reasons. A teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Girls School of Barnet fell from a ladder. West Lothian Council also recently made the BBC news with a fine for a worker's injury from a fall from a height too.

Safety at heights

As an employer, under the Work at Height Regulations 2005, it is your duty to ensure your workers have the appropriate equipment and training to do their job properly and safely.

So no matter the industry you work in you should first carry out a risk assessment on all tasks workers are expected to undertake.

There are certain duties that will require work at heights such as inspections, repairs, maintenance or refurbishments. See our blog on when to use a temporary platform for more details.

Once you have carried out a risk assessment you should provide your workers with training sessions. Even if you have long serving workers who have done the job for years, it’s still important to give them the correct information to carry out their tasks. At Oxford Safety, we provide on site training sessions to allow your business to continue being productive.

Your workers should be given appropriate equipment and this includes personal protective equipment such as sturdy work-wear. This could include things like hard hats, warm clothing for outdoors and steel cap boots.

At Oxford Safety we provide various temporary platform to help people work safely at heights. Some heights are not always above ground and we have platform trellis to help with this too. Duties such as working across a workshop pit or inside a house build where the flooring has yet to be installed for instance.

Browse our temporary platform solutions and book a training session today. See menu at top.

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