Work at height means work in any place, including at or below ground level, where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury. This includes access to and egress from that place of work but does not include stairways or slips and trips on the level.
The Work at Height Regulations adopt a risk based approach to working at height, with risk assessment being the key to proper planning and organisation of the work. The overriding principle of the Regulations is that all reasonably practicable measures must be taken to prevent anyone falling.
The Regulations apply to all work activities and work situations irrespective of the height involved. They also require that all reasonable practicable measures are taken to prevent objects falling which could cause injury to any person and to manage risks associated with working on or near to fragile surfaces.
Useful information on the prevention of falls from height is available by clicking on the links below.
Work at Height - A Brief Guide - INDG 401 (HSE)
Tower Scaffolds - Construction Information Sheet (CIS10)