Workers who will be performing tasks at a certain height must be provided with the appropriate safety equipment. This includes everything from hard hats and industrial boots to harness systems. In construction sites, the use of ladders has been gradually phased out in favour of mobile platforms.
These can be easily constructed, to give employees a far more stable environment. The risk of tools being dropped is also reduced. Nevertheless, falling from height at work remains an issue in workplaces across the UK.
The ease with which mobile platforms can be constructed can sometimes have a detrimental effect. If this apparatus has been put together too quickly, there might be lapses in the quality of the build. Where the safety rails have not been properly affixed, there will be a danger of workers falling should the guard give way.
Workers who are at the top of scaffolding can occasionally fall foul of a similar scenario. Part of the construction could give way, bringing the workers crashing to the ground, or in extreme circumstances, the entire scaffold collapses. When this happens there is also the potential for colleagues who happen to be in the proximity getting drawn into the industrial accident.
What is the fallout from falling from height at work?
Every workplace in the UK is governed by health and safety legislation. This is intended to protect employees at all times, particularly when they find themselves in situations where they are vulnerable. The onus is very firmly on employers to ensure that the workers are protected.
To this end there should be a risk assessment that will highlight hazardous areas. Anywhere where someone could fall must be catered for, and safeguards put in place. Workers who will find themselves working in dangerous situations must be appropriately trained, and provided with safety equipment.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen