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Fall arrest equipment part of height risk assessment

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is trying to encourage better practices from construction firms for employees working at height.

The authority has issued a series of online guides to help companies plan and execute such work safely.

While working at height may involve roof work, fragile surfaces, ladders or tower scaffolds, the HSE says that all projects begin with the same assessment process. 

The HSE says: "Managing work at height follows a hierarchy of controls – avoid, prevent, arrest – which begins with the question – can the work be done safely from the ground?"

Fall arrest equipment is just one protective measure that employees can take to help protect workers.

HSE figures show that, unlike trips, falls from height are more likely to result in death or serious injury than minor injury.

Along with being struck by vehicles or falling objects, falls from height make up over half of employee fatalities at work. 

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