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Heights: Biggest Safety Failing For Construction Workers. Says Study

Posted: 04/08/2017

Working at heights-related health and safety issues is one of the biggest challenges facing the construction sector, therefore it is essential that any potential site risks and hazards involving work at height are correctly documented in your health and safety procedures and if appropriate in your emergency response plans.

It is also necessary that relevant rescue plans are produced for any work at height undertaken, so a procedure is documented and in place to facilitate best practice rescue procedures, should one need to be activated.

Inspections of various sites, carried out by the Building Safety Group throughout 2016, have highlighted that major flaws in height related safety issues were identified as a main concern again and again. Breaches of safety related to height accounted for 19 per cent of all safety failings.

Over the past five years, there have been 97 fatalities caused due to injury from falling from a height, and that figure accounted for a staggering 45 per cent of the overall deaths on-site.

While in recent years there has been a decline in the overall number of fatalities recorded, falling from a height made up 33 per cent of the overall amount of non-fatal injuries. Some 11 per cent of these were non-fatal injuries, which meant the employees required at least seven days off of work to recover.

Technical Manager for the Building Safety Group, Chris Chapman raised his concerns that height-related safety is still compromised, reported Virtual College: “Working at height is clearly the most dangerous activity carried out in the construction sector. Everyone can do more to ensure that work is properly planned, supervised and conducted by qualified workers who have the required skills for the task in hand”.

It seems although the overall figure of fatalities has fallen and health and safety practises are being improved in the workplace, there is still a lot of focus that needs to be pinpointed to height-related incidents.

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