Working at height refers to any work where a person could potentially fall and injure themselves. A ladder, a roof’s edge, an opening on the floor, and even a loading dock can be considered working at height. In general industry, fall protection is required by OSHA for any height change of 4 feet or more.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005
The purpose of The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is to prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. If you are an employer or you control work at height (for example facilities managers or building owners who may contract others to work at height) the Regulations apply to you. OSHA’s fall protection standard for general industry requires employers to use safe work from heights practices and warning systems to prevent work-related injuries from falls.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is a set of rules that must be followed when any work is undertaken at a height with the aim of preventing deaths and injuries. They are mandatory for all employers and people who control work at height, and are enforceable by law.