HSQE director John Hannan video: staying safe when working at height
HSQE director John Hannan video: staying safe when working at height

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of site deaths and major injuries.

You are working at height if you are in a place where, if there were no precautions in place, you could fall far enough to cause personal injury.

144 people died in the UK construction industry in the year 2017-18; 35 of these deaths were the result of a fall from height (HSE figures). That was 10 more than the previous year’s figure of 25 deaths due to falling from height.

Don’t be a statistic

More than 10 million workers in the UK are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of working at height every year.

If you work at height, make surescaffolder

  • your work is planned
  • you are properly trained
  • you have the right equipment.

You have a legal duty to take reasonable care of yourself and others who may be affected by your actions. You must co-operate with us to comply with our health and safety requirements.

The law says you must

  • report any safety hazard you spot
  • use equipment and safety devices properly as instructed.

If you have a concern regarding working at height on your site, raise it with your supervisor or manager immediately. If you feel this is difficult,

Don’t wait until an incident occurs.

Download a printable ‘working at height’ sheet (533kb pdf)