Correct Working at Height training should be a critical consideration for all employees who work where a fall is possible.
Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Angelina Lawson suffered neck injuries in the accident whilst removing droppings from a shelf in an aviary. The ladder she was using had been retrieved from a skip where it was placed after it was found to have a fault. However, there was no labelling on it to warn against its use. She was working at a height of 2.5 metres. The ladder collapsed beneath her and she fell.
The Zoological Society of London, which runs the zoo in Regent’s Park, admitted two breaches of the HSWA 1974. It was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay £8,000 in costs.
In delivering his sentence, District Judge Richard Blake said: “Ms Lawson had not received any training with regard to the use of ladders during her four years of employment. The lack of that training was a direct cause of the accident.”
Working at Height is defined as any activity where a risk of a fall exists; formally that could mean using steps, a stepladder, a ladder, a platform or a MEWP. However you could just be working on the ground surface next to a hole. The threat still exists.
Correct Working at Height training is vital.
The Shout Out Safety entry-level Working at Height course looks at the dangers of carrying out tasks where the risk of a fall exists. It assists in complying with the Working at Height 2005 Regulations and gives you an understanding of some of the risks, equipment and issues involved. Falls from height are the biggest killer in the workplace and with 33,000 injuries a year, safe practices are absolutely vital. The course looks at the dangers involved, the consequences of suffering a fall and how to best choose and use appropriate equipment.
You only get one chance working at height. Make sure you’re correctly trained.
Working at Height