Working At Height – call for review of existing guidance & culture


Working At Height – call for review of existing guidance & culture


A NEW report calling on the Government and construction and roofing industries to undertake a major review of work at height culture, expand enhanced reporting and introduce reporting on near misses, was published on the 26 February by the Working at Height All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).


The report, Staying Alive: Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height, is the result of a year-long APPG inquiry exploring why the 18% of people who die as a result of a fall from height at work, do so and what steps can be taken to prevent incidents for the 10 million people in the UK that work at height.


The report makes four primary recommendations to reduce the number of falls:


  • The introduction of an enhanced reporting system through RIDDOR.
  • The appointment of an independent body that allows confidential, enhanced and digital reporting of all near misses, to be shared with government and industry to inform health and safety policy.
  • The extension of the Working Well Together – Working Well at Height safety campaigns.
  • An equivalent system to Scotland’s Fatal Accident Inquiry process extended to the rest of the UK.

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Source: Roofing Today