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Work at height checklist

Work at height checklist

Construction work involves a serious risk of falls. In order to help
you reduce the risk, use our checklist to help you plan and safely manage the work.

Work at height

We have included a variety of documents which will help you plan and manage work at height. Since the introduction of Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR), a Work at Height Checklist, can help you review a particular project and ensure that the necessary precautions are in place. Our sample is divided into three parts:

Preliminary decision making

The first section specifically follows the requirements of WAHR by considering if work at height is even necessary. If it is (and in many cases it will be unavoidable), you’re then prompted to consider what control measures need to be implemented at this preliminary stage. For example, you need to consider if the area has been made safe to work in and that it has been surveyed for hazards, such as unsuitable ground conditions. If you’re carrying out the project, you will also need to look at what training your staff have had and whether or not a competent person is planning the work.

Fall protection measures

The second section considers suitable fall protection measures and begins by prompting you to confirm that standard measures are in place. These include fixed handrails, access ladders and materials guards. Other questions concern whether or not you’ve considered control measures in order to deal with the risk of falls. These include installing a fall arrest deck just below the work area, or a safety net if the former isn’t possible.

During work at height

The third and final part of this checklist encourages you to consider safety management issues whilst the work at height is ongoing. This is because, with pressure of work, it can be easy to overlook the fact that access equipment needs maintenance and whether the fall of materials is being successfully prevented.


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