Working at height risk assessment
As already highlighted, a suitable and sufficient risk assessment must be carried out for any work involving working at height. The risk assessment must demonstrate that the work being carried out is:
- Carried out by a competent person
- Following the hierarchy for managing risks from working at height – reasonable steps must be taken to avoid, prevent or reduce the risk of harm occurring
- Carried out using the most appropriate work equipment
- Undertaken using appropriate collective measures to prevent falls (such as guardrails and working platforms) before other measures which only mitigate the distance and consequences of a fall (such as nets and airbags) or which might only provide personal protection from a fall.