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84% Rise in Working At Height Breaches on Construction Sites

Building Safety Group (BSG) reported this 84% increase in Working at Height breaches on Construction Sites during the first quarter of this year.

Between 1st January and 31st March this year, 4,300 independent site inspections were conducted and from these site inspections BSG found an 84% rise in working at height breaches. Since working at height is the biggest danger for construction workers, this new data is a huge cause for concern. 

Last year, HSE revealed, in their Construction Statistics for Great Britain 2020, that 47% of construction accidents were falls from height. This is almost half of all accidents. Read more of this report here

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 requires employers and those in control of any work at height activity to make sure that work is properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. Being competent refers to having sufficient skills, knowledge and experience to perform the task, or, if you are being trained, that you work under
the supervision of somebody competent to do it. If you’re in doubt you can refer to HSE’s Working at Height: A Brief Guide.

In this guide, HSE specify that working at height means working in any place where, if there were no precautions in
place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. For example
you are working at height if you:

  • are working on a ladder or a flat roof;
  • could fall through a fragile surface;
  • could fall into an opening in a floor or a hole in the ground.

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