Could You Work At Height?

By Steve Brand | February 20, 2020

Do you have a head for heights?

People differ considerably when it comes to dealing with heights. Some of us are terrified of heights to the level of phobia, while others love being in high places with a commanding view of the landscape before them.

Would working at height be something you might consider as a career?

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Practically speaking, working at height can mean anything from using step ladder to scaling extremely tall buildings. All heights pose a risk of injury, so the means by which workers operate when in high places pose a unique set of challenges.

Despite the risks, workers at height are well trained and enjoy the challenges this kind of work presents. Not everybody can work at height and only a certain breed of individual can be successful in a career that involves being roped up while carrying out tasks at the top of very tall buildings or other tall structures.

Working at height is anything but just another day at the office and many find this prospect appealing.

Training for working at height

A useful course that can be taken for working heights is the QA Level 2 Award in Working at Height.

This course is ideal for those who work, or are aspiring to work in any type of environment that may require them to work at height, such as building and construction, agriculture, forestry, factories, warehouses and more.

This regulated and nationally recognised qualification has been specifically designed to increase awareness of safety considerations whilst working at height, including the importance of the equipment used and how to ensure a safe working environment.

Here are four very good reasons why work at heights training is a good investment:-

  1. Reduces the risk of accident at work.
  2. Increases staff morale.
  3. Creates a positive health and safety culture.
  4. A little time invested in training offers long-term benefits.

Requirements for Employers

The Work at Height Regulations require employers to ensure that:

  • All work at height is properly planned and organised.
  • A risk assessment is carried out for all work conducted at height.
  • Appropriate work equipment is selected and used.
  • People working at a height are competent.
  • Equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained
  • Risks from fragile surfaces are properly controlled.

The risk assessment should include a careful examination of what harm could be caused from working at height with a view to taking the effective steps to reduce the likelihood of this harm occurring, either through avoiding the activity or, where this is not reasonably practicable, by carrying it out in a safe manner using work equipment that is appropriate to the task and the level of risk.

Examples of where these regulations do not apply would include:-

  • Sitting in an office chair.
  • Walking up and down a staircase in an office.
  • Working in an office on the upper floors of a temporary accommodation building.
  • Work carried out by private individuals on their own homes where this is not for the purpose of business or trade.

Our wide range of training courses

Seahaven Safety Training, based at The Port of Newhaven in East Sussex, is the ideal establishment for First Aid, Fire Safety, Health & Safety and Confined Spaces training at all levels. The links below will provide you with more detail:-

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About The Author

Steve Brand
Managing Director

Steve is a highly experienced instructor with many years of experience in safety critical working environments. Training is much more than a job for him, it is a vocation. His dedication and his care for his valued students is second to none.

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