Working at Height

When it comes to working at height, employees must take extra care to ensure the safety of their employees as the consequences of a fall at work are often very serious.

We have previously written of tragic cases illustrating just how dangerous working at height can be. This was sadly highlighted again last week when a firm of steeplejackers were fined £100,000 after two catastrophic falls left one worker dead and another with a spinal injury.

The first employee fell 34 metres whilst setting up abseiling equipment. Over a year later the second employee fell 8-10 metres when abseiling using the wrong equipment. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that the company had failed to protect its employees.

Employers must ensure such work is properly risk assessed and that adequate and suitable equipment is provided. In addition, they must also properly supervise and monitor the tasks as they are carried out, something that wasn’t done in this case.

Regulation 4(1)(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states: “Every employer shall ensure that work at height is – (a) properly planned; (b) appropriately supervised and (c) carried out in a manner which is so far as is reasonably practicable safe.”

If you have suffered an accident at work, Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP specialise in Employer’s Liability Law and can advise you.