Working at height continues to be one of the biggest causes of fatality or major injury.

Working from height takes place in many varied environments and for a variety of reasons. The Work at Height Regulations state that “you must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone falling”. To do this you should:

  • avoid working at height where possible;
  • use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls;
  • and, where working from height cannot be avoided and where risk cannot be eliminated, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of any fall.


The piece of legislation covering working from height is the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 applies to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall, liable to cause personal injury. They place duties on employers, the self-employed, and any person who controls the work of others (e.g. facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) to the extent they control the work.

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