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Working at Height - the leading cause of death in the workplace

Working at Height still remains the leading cause of death in UK workplaces. It's estimated that around a third of all workplace fatalities are a result of falls from height and they also account for the second highest number of major injuries at work but with the right training, care and planning, falls from height can easily be prevented. 

Every employee that is required to work at height as part of their role requires training and it doesn't have to be time-consuming, boring or expensive! Ask us for a free trial of our Working at Height Training by clicking on the button below and you can see how simple sorting out your training with iHASCO really is! 

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Why is Working at Height Training important? 

The latest statistics from the HSE should be enough to remind us about the dangers of working at height...

Working from height was the most frequent cause of fatal accidents to workers in 2017, accounting for 28% of the total. There were also 43,000 non-fatal accidents involving falls from height across all industries. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls from ladders, scaffolds, working platforms and roof edges and through fragile roofs.


Working at Height injuries and fatalities are always preventable, some of the most common causes of injuries and death whilst working at height include: 

  • Using ladders or step ladders incorrectly
  • Overstretching from ladders
  • Standing on benches or chairs to reach higher 
  • Incorrect use of Mobile elevated platforms, or faulty equipment
  • Incorrect use of suspended access equipment, or faulty equipment

Training, especially eLearning, provides a simple way of making employees aware of the dangers whilst working at height and helps you work towards compliance with The Work at Height Regulations. 

Guidance on minimising risk

The HSE's guidance on minimising risk is as follows and again, as with many guidelines, you'll see that it's fairly straightforward and simple measures that can go a long way in preventing injury: 

  • Avoid work at height when there’s a practical alternative
  • Use the right type of equipment and ensure that it is stable, strong enough for the job and maintained correctly
  • Ensure workers can get to their working position safely
  • Don’t overload or over-reach when working at height
  • Take precautions when working on or near fragile surfaces
  • Provide protection from falling objects
  • Prepare and know the emergency evacuation and rescue procedures

Why iHASCO? 

iHASCO's Working at Height Training can be completed in just 35 minutes and split into three easy to follow sections that look into legal responsibilities, the risks when working at height and how to choose the right equipment for the job. 

It's animations and interactivity throughout keep learners engaged and instant printable certificates allow you to show your commitment to the Work at Height Regulations 2005! 

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