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Safety At Height

When working at height in the UK, all professional organisations follow and refer to the Working at Height regulations which are there to help protect the workforce and employers.

Working at Height Regulations 2005

In summary the working at height regulations place duties on employers, building owners and anyone else who to some extent controls work at height.

The 'duty-holder' is responsible for minimising risk, by following the 'Hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for Work at Height'.

Height Regulations  2005

Where working at height cannot be avoided, the regulations require that duty holders ensure:

  • All work at height is properly planned, supervised, and carried out by competent persons - including planning for emergencies and rescue.
  • Their employees must receive relevant information, instruction and training on the safe use of equipment and how to spot and report defects.
  • Employers must follow the hierarchy of controls.
  • Equipment for work at height is appropriately inspected.
  • Must do all that is reasonably practicable to prevent anyone falling.

Unfortunately in the UK - Falls from height still remain the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury.

With these facts and statistics - Health and Safety law is designed to ensure duty holders make doubly sure things are right.

If you are a Duty Holder, somebody’s erroneous action (for whom you have responsibility) could put you in court as a defendant with the prospect of a prison sentence.

So when it comes to Working at Height – you need to be sure of who you recruit...

Working at Height with Central High Rise

For many clients Working at Height projects are a worry, so they trust Central High Rise as their Working at Height partner because we offer:-

Experience and Expertise

At Central High Rise we pride ourselves on our industry experience and expertise, working with all our clients to understand their site safe working practices and methodology.

Legal Requirements

We aim to provide all the necessary safe working documentation including, health & safety risk assessments, access requirements, methods statements etc, required to help keep the client and ourselves legally compliant and safe.

Safety and Awareness

Our team is there to help manage projects safely and ensure that our clients are aware yet comfortable with their responsibilities to employees, contractors and sub contractors.

Safety 1st

As safety always comes first at Central High Rise, aside from the legislation required for Working at Height which is mandatory, Central High Rise have developed an industry leading combination of practical methodologies to keep staff safe in their work tasks.

Shared Mental Model

The concept of the Shared Mental Model encapsulates the fundamental safety areas when Working at Height, these are Behavioural Safety, Supervisory Training and the use of a Buddy System. The Shared Mental Model helps to ensure that all members of a works team share a clear view of the methods, techniques, roles & responsibilities required to carry out their work tasks safely and on a continuous basis.

shared mental model

The Shared Mental Model on any project and tasks within that project can be established and can then be driven by the Buddy System where team members monitor each other. The team can uphold standards, raise standards and can challenge unsafe behaviour.

The following presentation briefly illustrates how we deal with the continuous challenge of preventing falls while working in the Steeplejack Industry.

Please click here to access the Shared Mental Model presentation.

Behaviour and Safety at Height (B.A.S.H.)

Working at height is a dynamic and an extremely dangerous activity. Gravity can neither be switched off nor be isolated. The results of a fall can either kill or can seriously injure. The activity of working at height can be regarded as being always precarious. Situational awareness feeds perception of risk.

It is impossible for a human to maintain continual self awareness, no one person can behave so perfectly, BUT A TEAM CAN BE ‘NEAR’ PERFECT AND CAN ALWAYS BE PERFECTED.

Please click here to access the Behaviour and Safety at Height presentation.

Supervisory Training

At Central High Rise nobody is considered for a supervisory role until they have at least 6 years experience, have received both comprehensive and rounded training, and then not least, can command the respect of the men.

The Buddy System – BUD the Behavioural Dragon

When Working at Height there is always a balance between practical and theory. To ensure that the Shared Mental Model training is core to our staff behaviour and safety we have provided it with an identity. BUD the Behaviour Dragon


meet Bud

Meet BUD ….

BUD’s role is to target communication and discussion site wide, and beyond. ‘Our clerical processes need to deliver accuracy of thought from surveyor to workplace, while at the same time installing all of the care necessary to support the workforce people. The message is look after yourself whether you are on site, whether you are travelling, or whether you are in the office’.

To the teams, BUD has a very serious purpose.

When BUD is grounded it isn’t working, when flying BUD is protecting. Meaningful communication gives BUD the power to fly.


Bud

A silent team, might leave the dragon sitting on his bottom on the ground, no–one is feeding BUD with talk, so, it is not looking after them ……


Bud

But if the people, especially site wide, are talking, discussing, keeping an eye on each other, then safety MORALE is high, and the Dragon is flying. And it is protecting ……

Mention BUD to the team's at Central High Rise, they know it, it's their behavioural training. The process is intimate, it can be immediately applied and it can be immediately reported.

Talks and Lectures on Safety at Height

Sitting on the British Standards P5 committee, Keith Turney has written an industry wide performance criteria, for Safe Industrial Climbing.

Talks and Lectures on Safety at Height

Keith regularly speaks at a number of forums including :-

  • RoSPA
  • Access Industry Forums
  • Project Safety North
  • EON Zero Harm Club
  • NPG Annual Safety Conference
  • Safety Health Legal Arena

Please see below for this year's schedule of events :-

The Call

Steeplejacking isn’t for everyone and even with the numerous safety awards and delivering twice the industry average for training; unfortunately Central High Rise lost a worker in 2008.

Keith recounts his experiences while being prosecuted for two offences by the HSE and describes the Action and Acceleration Plan the company developed and actioned following the death.

Now nearly 5 Years on from the incident; an integral part of the Central High Rise training programme includes The Shared Mental Model, a Working at Height buddy system, developed to ensure workers are safe, looking after themselves and their colleagues.

A DVD of The Call is available via the Outtakes website here.

Articles and Publications

Safety and Health Practitioner – The Official Magazine of IOSH

Please click here to download the SHP article 'Great Minds Think Alike'.

Safe Industrial Climbing Criteria

Working at height is a dynamic and dangerous activity. Safe behaviour can be augmented by correct coding and selection of equipment and means. The need for situational awareness and the critical function of safe behaviour can be safely reduced when reliance on equipment and can be viably increased notwithstanding the continual need for compliance.

Industrial Climbing is the activity of working at height, usually working in temporary work stations in almost all situations and geometries. Working at height is a dynamic and continuous process of access, egress and tasks, including hoisting and handling.

A frequent characteristic of Industrial Climbing is that access and egress is usually routed via the structure or products which are attached to that structure. Correct selection by assessment is vital.

Please click here to download a copy of the 'Safe Industrial Climbing Criteria' document.


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