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Your responsibilities

Everyone has a responsibility to speak up about any concerns regarding Working at Height.



In addition, all duty holders/managers need to:

  • Identify jobs that involve Work at Height and plan to ensure appropriate precautions are in place
  • Have procedures for selecting suitable equipment and ensure the equipment is actually used
  • Arrange inspection and maintenance of equipment as appropriate
  • Have a risk assessment in place that applies the Work at Height Regulation (WAHR) hierarchy of control measures
  • Communicate the risk control measures to the workforce
  • Ensure workers are competent to use equipment and that it has been correctly installed/assembled





Using Ladders and Stepladders

If a risk assessment has determined a task as low-risk, ladders or stepladders can be suitable equipment if:

  • The task will take less than 30 minutes
  • Alternative equipment cannot physically be used

Working safely

To reduce the risks of using ladders and stepladders:

  • Always maintain 3 points of contact (e.g. 2 feet, 1 hand)
  • Position the ladder at a 75° angle or a 1:4 ratio
  • Only use BS Class 1 “Industrial” ladders (not domestic ladders)
  • Open stepladders fully
  • Use stepladders which are the correct height
  • Position the ladder so you can work ‘face on’ where possible
  • Keep knees below top rung

Download a brief guide on ladder and stepladder safety here.


Identifying Common Hazards

As well as applying the hierarchy, all equipment should be used correctly to prevent creating new hazards.


Identifying hazards and reducing the likelihood of harm helps to ensure we are working in a safe way.


How many hazards can you spot in this image? We identified 6!

What Working at Height means

Working at Height


Working at height is any place including a place at, above or below ground level where a person could be injured if they fell from that place.


No distinction is made between low and high falls, so measures must be taken to prevent the risk (or likelihood) of any fall that could cause injury.


For example, over 60% of all Work at Height injuries are from falls below head height. Most falls are caused by not using the right equipment for the task.


Here is a clip of Jason Anker’s story, whose life was changed following an accident at work:



If Jason Anker had been using the correct equipment or had spoken up about his concerns, his accident could have been avoided.



Welcome to this short course on Working at Height.


Did you know that falls from height are the biggest cause of fatal injury in Britain’s workplaces? Accounting for almost 30% of fatal injuries to workers. Each year on average there are 50 workplace deaths caused by a fall from height.


This course therefore focuses on:

  • What Working at Height means
  • How we can reduce the risks
  • Your responsibilities
  • How we can prevent common errors

Download the Working at Height guide here.



There is also a short assessment.

You will need 7/8 to pass.