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Working at Height

Falls from height are the most common cause of fatal injury in construction. In 2014/15, almost half of all fatal construction incidents were the result of a fall from height.

All these accidents could have been prevented, and everything possible needs to be done to ensure that this type of accident does not continue occurring.

APS and the Access Industry Forum (AIF) have formed an agreement regarding advice and assistance to our members, and their organisations. In particular we act as strategic partners with regard to Construction Health and Safety Risk Management and Working at Height respectively.


What is working at height?

There is a simple definition of Working at Height. It means “any place from which a person could fall a distance likely to cause injury.”
According to the regulations, employers and workers must do all that can be reasonably expected of them to avoid work at height, to prevent anyone falling, and to mitigate the consequence of any falls. 

Working at Height guidance

HSE's dedicated webpages show what you, as an employer, need to do to protect your employees when they Work at Height.

A brief guide

HSE publish a brief general guide to Working at Height which is available as a free download, or for purchase. They also publish specific guidance on the selection and safe use of a number of pieces of work at height equipment. 

The Access Industry Forum (AIF)

Established in 2004, the Access Industry Forum (AIF) liaised closely with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during the development of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 - and more recently the Work at Height Solutions Database - and now provides a forum for all the principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height.


Find out more. 

What to watch when Working at Height

Download this handy AIF pocket card to guide you on the go.

Work at Height Safety Association (WAHSA)

WAHSA is the UK lead body representing the interests of manufacturers, assemblers, installers, distributors and end users of personal protection equipment used for work at height and rescue. Find out more. 


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