• Dorset Health and Safety

Working at height

Updated: Jul 3

Working at height remains one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries. Common cases include falls from ladders and through fragile surfaces. 'Work at height' means work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury (for example a fall through a fragile roof).


This blog shows you how you can take simple, practical measures to reduce the risk of falling while working at height.

What do I have to do?


You must make sure work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people with the skills, knowledge and experience to do the job. You must use the right type of equipment for working at height.


Take a sensible approach when considering precautions. Low-risk, relatively straightforward tasks will require less effort when it comes to planning and there may be some low-risk situations where common sense tells you no particular precautions are necessary.


Control measures


First assess the risks. Factors to weigh up include the height of the task, the duration and frequency, and the condition of the surface being worked on.


Before working at height work through these simple steps:

  • avoid work at height where it's reasonably practicable to do so