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In the UK, the primary piece of legislation specific to work at height is ‘The Work at Height Regulations 2005’. Although these regulations have been in effect since 2005, there are still some misconceptions as to when a person is classed as working at height.
Within these regulations, work at height is defined as; work in any place at, above or below ground level where a person can be injured by falling from that place.
The Regulations impose duties on employers, the self-employed, employees and anyone who controls the way in which work at height is undertaken.
Work at Height – Planning
Any work at height task needs to be correctly planned with an appropriate and a safe system of work in place, this should consider;
- The activity and duration of work
- The location and environmental factors of where the work is to be undertaken
- The physical fitness and competence of people working at height
When planning work at height a hierarchy of measures exists, at Rappel our technicians are experienced and trained in a wide range of work at height techniques including both collective and personal methods.
Training & Competence
Having highly experienced multi-disciplined personnel allows us to provide more flexible services where projects require a combination of access methods to be used. Our operational teams are trained and certified in several different specialist areas by the UK’s leading industrial bodies, including;
Industrial Rope Access / Abseiling – IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association)
Mobile Tower Scaffolding – PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ & Manufacturers’ Association)
Mobile Elevated Working Platforms (MEWP’s) – IPAF (International Powered Access Federation)