Working at height

  • About half of all fatalities on construction sites arc as a result of a fall from height.
  • An average of seven people die each year as a result of falling through fragile roofs.
  • Over half of all reported specified injuries are due to either falls from height or a slip, trip or fall on the same level.
  • Selecting the wrong type of work equipment results in many falls from height every year.
Many construction workers have suffered a life-changing injury as a result of a fall from height. Such an event impacts not only the worker but their family, lifestyle and ability to earn an income. It is important that all work at height activities are adequately planned, risk assessed and the correct equipment selected and used to reduce the risk of injury.
What can you fall from?Many falls are from poorly secured ladders, faulty or poorly used stepladders or makeshift working platforms, which offer little or no fall protection.

About seven workers a year die after falling through fragile roofs. Others suffer serious injuries and disabilities as a result of falling.

For all work at height, measures must be taken to prevent the risk of any fall that could cause injury.

Work at height is work at any height, above or below ground level, where a person could fall and be injured. It also includes instances such as working next to, or in, an open excavation, because of the risk of falling in, or of something falling in on you if you are working in the excavation.