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A Guide To Safe Practice When Working At Height

For those working within manual trades or the construction industry, certain dangers are constant. Despite all the necessary precautions put in place to minimise the chance of injury, there are always risks involved. Be it during the operation of power tools, heavy machinery, vehicles or pneumatic equipment, individuals must remain vigilant and aware at all times.

While there are, of course, a number of risks associated with work on ground-level sites, these hazards are increased when the work carried out is at height. Whether the project requires the use of scaffolding, warehouse ladders or overhead cranes, ensuring that work is conducted safely is always the number one priority.

Read on to discover our bitesize guide to working safely at height.

Worker wearing a safety harness

Risk Assessments

The first item on our agenda is risk assessment. It is absolutely crucial that a thorough assessment of potential hazards and dangers is carried out before work is begun. Here in the UK, the law requires that all employers and self-employed contractors assess the risks of working at height and plan the job accordingly. This is not only for the safety of those conducting the work but for those around too.

As stated by the Health and Safety Executive, the process of a risk assessment needn’t be overcomplicated. It should involve identifying the risks present, deciding on necessary precautions, recording the relevant findings and reviewing the assessment when necessary.

Detailed information regarding the management of risks and risk assessments at work can be found on the government website, here.


Alongside the implementation of proper risk assessment, ensuring that workers are properly trained is imperative for the creation of a safe work environment. This is especially true for those working with equipment such as cranes; by law, those operating and working upon cranes of all kinds must possess the correct licensing and certification.

Moreover, ensuring that your employees are trained sufficiently is not only conducive to a safe working environment, but it can also increase productivity and efficiency. Here at Crane and Lifting Services, we offer high-quality training throughout the UK; visit our training page to find out more.

Personal Protective Equipment

Last, but by no means least on our list of safety essentials is PPE. Personal protective equipment of all kinds is absolutely essential for those working at height due to the increased risk of falls. From suitable footwear, ear protection and hi-visibility overalls to harnesses, fall arrest systems and hard hats, it is vital that individuals working at height and in hazardous environments are properly equipped.

Crane and Lifting Services

Here at Crane and Lifting Services, we understand that the importance of safe practices when working at height is second to none. So, whether you require overhead gantry crane training for your employees or are looking for high-quality height and safety equipment, we’re here to help.

Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements.

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