07/21/2003

Falls from height ­ Prevention and risk control effectiveness

New research identifying the underlying factors for falls from height in the
workplace and the most effective ways of controlling them has been published by
the British Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The research report Falls from height ­ Prevention and risk control
effectiveness provides:

- a definitive baseline for measuring improvements in the incidence rate of falls
from height;

- a quantified model of the influences affecting falls from height covering
human, hardware and external factors; and

- a toolkit for selecting measures, setting performance targets and monitoring
improvement.

Some of the key issues highlighted are:

- The importance of design and designers in eliminating work at height hazards;

- Enough guidance and information is available but people need to be aware of
risks and actually use guidance available;

- The importance and large number of ‘low falls’ especially on stairs. The report
states around 60 per cent of non-fatal accidents and injuries over the past
five years have been due to low (under two metre) falls; and

- The economic benefits of good health and safety performance need to be better
understood and publicised.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)