WAH Current Legislation:
- Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
- Work At Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998 (PUWER)
- Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998)
Work at Height Regulations
Work at Height refers to any work in any place which can result in a person falling a distance likely to cause injury. This includes working near an opening in a floor, working on a ladder, on a flat roof, or even on stage. Work at Height Regulations help prevent injuries from happening when working in these conditions.
When using Access Equipment in any performance centre, make sure you:
- inspect the equipment before using it, and that it is set up correctly.
- Make sure that you, before you complete the task at a height, you are familiar with what needs to be done, and complete as much of the task from the ground.
- Make sure the ground crew are aware WAH is being carried out, and have them help you (no WAH should be carried out alone).
- When climbing the equipment, do so slowly, and using three points of contact.
- Only start carrying out your task once you are at the top and safely in the basket or on the platform.
- DO NOT overreach – move the access equipment as much as possible.
- Use the Ground Crew to minimize the amount of climbing neccessary.
- When climbing down the equipment, do so slowly, and using three points of contact, facing the rungs.
The Ground Crew are in place whilst WAH is taking place to make sure the worker is safe.