Overhaul and Prevent a Fall?

Ashley Hoadley of Darwin Clayton outlines the recent changes to HSE guidance for working at height, in the latest issue of Tomorrows Cleaning magazine, which can be found by clicking here...

Working from height is an unavoidable task when it comes to the cleaning and maintaining the majority of our public buildings. While the shard has highlighted the most extreme aspect of this sector, working from height is something that is needed for neatly every building – be it a university, hospital or office block. By its very nature, working as height poses significant risks to both operatives and members of the public, so it must be carried our professionally, and with due regard to the law.

According to the government, more than a million British business and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some sort of work at height every year – with falls being one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work.

This is backed by figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) which reveal that over half the fatal injuries to workers in 2012/13 were three kinds: falls from height, contact with moving machinery and being struck by a moving vehicle (RIDDOR). During the same period, around 148 workers were fatally injured – a rate of fatal injury of 0.5 deaths per 100,000 workers. However, one fatality or injury is still one too many.

For the full article courtesy of Tomorrows Cleaning, click here and then navigate to page 26.