This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Working at height incidents increasing

13 July 2018

Additional concern has been expressed over working at height safety, after a 13% rise in incidents was recorded in the first half of this year.

Working at height has long been identified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and other organisations as one of the major cause of workplace accidents, so the latest figures are of particular concern.

The figures were announced by the Building Safety Group (BSG) based on 10,000 site inspections during the first six months of 2018.

It compared the results with the first two quarters and comparison of further data also revealed that there had been a rise in the number of deaths resulting from working at height incidents.

HSE compared the figures from the 2017/18 with the previous 12 month period, showing there had been a 40% rise in fatal injuries, with a total of 35 in the latest year.

Falling through fragile surfaces accounted for the highest number of working at height incidents, including fibre-cement roofs and roof lights in particular.

The next main cause of fatal injuries was being struck by a moving vehicle, according to the HSE, which had seen a total of 26 fatal injuries in the most recent 12-month study.

Third highest was being struck by a moving object, resulting in 23 fatal injuries over 2017/18.

Further emphasis on working at height issues resulted from the news that Kier Facilities Services and subcontractor JHH Engineering had been fined after one of the latter's employees fell from a roof of Downsell Primary School in East London.

The worker survived but has been left with severe cognitive effects resulting from injuries sustained.

Both companies pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act 1974 during the recent case at Southwark Crown Court.

JHH Engineering of New Lanark received a fine of £30,000 with costs of nearly £6,000.

Kier Facilities Services, of Sandy, Bedfordshire, was fined £200,000, with costs of just over £5,900.

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the rubbish for general collection.Full Story...

Article image Supply chain business owner speaks out on anniversary of Carillion collapse

Owner of Johnson Bros (Oldham) Neil Skinner has spoken of the severe difficulties experienced by his company through working with Carillion on the anniversary of the company’s collapse.Full Story...

Momentum increases to improve supply chain payment

Payment concerns continue after Carillion failure anniversary

Support for latest Clean Air Strategy development