Health & Safety


Latest figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 45 people died from a fall from height at work in 2006/07 and 3351 suffered serious injury as a result of a fall from height in the workplace. This is again a record low. However falls from height remain the most common kind of accident causing fatal injuries.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 are several sets of regulations that are relevant to the use of work platforms.

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Lifting Equipment and Lifting Operations Regulations 1998
  • Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007
  • Work at Height Regulations 2005


The Work at Height Regulations 2005, apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury. The regulations place duties on employers, the self employed and any person who controls the work of others. This would include facilities managers and building owners who may contract others to work at height.

Below are links to HSE documents that you might find useful for further safety information.

Simple guide to the Lifting Operations & Equipment

Simple guide to the provision and use of Work Equipment

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