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Working at height resources available as incidents increase

As working at height incidents have reportedly increased significantly in the first quarter of 2021, members are reminded about the working at height resources available.

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported an 84% increase in the number of ‘working at height’ breaches on UK construction sites during the first quarter of 2021. The figures were obtained following 4,300 independent site inspections that took place across Great Britain between 1st January and 31st March 2021. BSG said that its report was a cause for concern because working at height remained the biggest danger for construction workers.

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that 47% of all construction accidents in were from falls from height in 2020 (Great Britain only). There were 40 fatal injuries in construction in 2019/20, slightly up on the five-year average of 37 per year. Of these fatalities, 29 were due to falls from height.

Whilst these figures relate to GB, the Health & Safety Executive Northern Ireland (HSENI) also say that falls from height remains one of the biggest cause of fatalities and major injuries in Northern Ireland, with four fatalities in a four week period at the beginning of 2020.

The CEF Health & Safety Committee has produced a series of resources to aid members by reinforcing basic industry practice to make construction sites safer.

Click on the link to download the working at height resource booklet and poster.

Working at height resources were also included as part of the recent CEF Safety Reboot initiative.