It is estimated that 7% of all non-fatal injuries to workers are caused by a fall when working at height *.

The HSA classify working at height as:

Working in any place, including a place at, above or below ground level, where a person could be injured if they fell from that place. Access and egress to a place of work can also be classified as working at height.

Examples of activities that are classified as working at height are as follows:

  • Working on trestles
  • Working on scaffolding
  • Working on a flat roof
  • Erecting false work or formwork
  • Working on a ladder
  • Working at ground level adjacent to an excavation
  • Working on formwork within an excavation

Careys Building & Civil Engineering understand the importance of working safely at height and the risks involved. Supporting our behavioural safety culture of Safe Home Every Day (SHED), we have in place training courses and policies to ensure the safety and protection of our employees.

Nicholas Burke, Regional Safety Manager. Careys Building & Civil Engineering

The courses and materials we offer to promote safe working at height include:

Scaffold Inspection Training: This is compulsory for all supervisors working on our projects.  Training includes learning the appropriate safety regulations and developing the ability to interpret design specifications and statutory regulations when inspecting complex/designed scaffolding structures for faults. 

Scaffold Toolbox Talks: Here employees are briefed on a range of measures at an informal safety meeting on site focusing on safety topics to ensure working safely with scaffolding, including; planning, safe zones, scaffold applications, access and egress and personal fall protection equipment.

Tethered Tools Guidelines: Our bespoke 12-page manual which educates operatives on how to prevent tools and equipment from being dropped at height.  This covers a range of topics that includes appropriate risk assessments, principles of tethering equipment and ensuring the correct tethering equipment is used appropriately.

In additional to the training courses, toolbox talks and safety manuals, we also utilise a range of formwork access systems, which offer anti-fall protection when working at height or at open building edges, to further safeguard our operatives.

 * Non-fatal injuries reportable LTI 2016/17

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