‘Working at Height’ breaches in construction increase by 84%

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported an 84% increase in the number of ‘Working at Height’ breaches on construction sites during the first three months of this year.

The figures were obtained following 4300 independent site inspections between 1st January and 31st March 2021.

The report is worrying as working at height remains the biggest danger for construction workers.

Statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2020 show that 47% of incidents were falls from height.

There were 40 fatalities in 2019/20 and 29 of these were due to falls from height. Over 60% of deaths during working at height involve falls from ladders, scaffolds, working platforms, roof edges and through fragile roofs.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 require employers and those in control of any work at height activity to ensure that the work is properly planned, well supervised and carried out by competent people – anyone working at height must have the right skills, knowledge, training and experience.

For further information about the risks of working at height and how to limit risk exposure, please visit the BSG website: www.bsgltd.co.uk

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