The Work at Height Regulations

In 2003/2004 67 people died and nearly 4000 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace.
Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 came into effect on 6 April 2005. The Regulations will apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

The Regulations place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person that controls the work of others. The Regulations do not apply to the provision of paid instruction or leadership in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities.
As part of the Regulations, duty holders must ensure:

The Regulations include schedules giving requirements for existing places of work and means of access for work at height.
The regulations provide a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for work at height, you must:

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NASC Guidance note SG4:10

The National Access and Scaffold Confederation Safety Guidance note 4 "Preventing Falls in Scaffolding" has constantly eveolved to maintain best practice and to maximise safety for operatives erecting scaffolds. In 2005 this note was revised in order to address the recently introduced Work at height Regulations of that year, since then the NASC have continued to work closely with the HSE to develop and improve this guidance. SG4:10 marks a significant development for scaffolder safety. Read more about SG4:10.

What do these regulations mean for the Scaffolding and Access industry?

Working at an unprotected edge is no longer acceptable or permissible, clear methods of work must be established and maintained during the erection and dismantle of scaffold structures to ensure all manual operations are undertaken in safe 'zones'. Personal protective equipment is secondary to collective fall prevention measures.

Furthermore, while ladders are not banned, the Regulations require that they should be used ONLY when they are the sole reasonably practical means of access. When selecting ladders your risk assessment must demonstrate that their use is of short duration and that there is no alternative. This presents a challenge on typical building sites, especially where materials or tools have to be carried up and down, because ladder users should maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times.

What are we doing at EA in light of these regulations?

As active members of the NASC and in-line with our progressive approach toward safety, EA have developed an internal training scheme for all personal in line with the recommendations of SG4:10. All operatives are trained, equipped and instructed to work in accordance with SG4:10 at all times. We at EA also recognise the ideal means of access for any work at height is a purpose-made stair tower, we use modular scaffolding stair units within tube and fitting structures and system stairways within modular scaffolds. We have invested heavily in stairway products and deploy on the vast majority of our projects.

EA Scaffolding and Systems Limited.
Unit 16 Sedgwick Road, North Luton Industrial Estate Luton LU4 9DT.
Telephone 01582-575200, Fax 01582-599254, info@eascaffolding.co.uk