New legislation (WAHR) came into force on the 6th April 2005 and this was updated in 2007 to enforce the use of RISK ASSESSMENTS and ensure the CORRECT SELECTION OF EQUIPMENT.
Managers must by law undertake Risk Assessments to PROVE the have correctly considered the work process under your control. No risk assessment does not relieve your of your duties and obligations to the people under your control. The HSE and safety legislation places this very important duty onto ALL MANAGERS.
Approximately 2.2 million people work in Britain’s construction industry, making it the country’s biggest industry. However, it is also one of the most dangerous. In the last 25 years, over 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work. Many more have been injured or made ill.
In 2006/2007 over 70 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 and the second most common cause of major injury to employees, accounting for around 15% of all such injuries. All industry sectors but in particular Construction workers are exposed to the risks presented by this hazard although the level of incidence varies considerably.
As a result, Falls from Height are a key priority in the Health and Safety Commission Injury Reduction Programme. The objective is to reduce injury rates by 10% against a 1999/00 baseline.
Experience shows that falls from height usually occur as a result of poor management control rather than because of equipment failure.
Common factors include:
• Failure to recognise a problem and No safe systems of work.
• Failure to ensure that safe systems of work are followed.
• Inadequate information, instruction, training or supervision provided.
• Failure to use appropriate equipment;
• Failure to provide suitable or safe plant/ equipment.
Key Measures include:
• Identify the hazards and write a RISK ASSESSMENT
• SELECT THE RIGHT EQUIMENT and follow your risk assessment; plan and organise your work properly; and make sure everyone
involved is competent to their level or responsibility;
• Try to avoid the need for work at height where you can; where you can't, take steps to
prevent falls; where you cannot prevent a fall then you must mitigate the risk of injury should
a fall occur.
• Protect PEOPLE, TOOLS and MATERIALS from falling at height and use guardrails and working platforms and AVOID nets or airbags - Would YOU like to fall or be fully PROTECTED?