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Working at Height Risk Assessment Checklist

man working from height on a ladder outside a restaurant.A risk assessment for working at height is a legal requirement. Employers and self-employed contactors must assess all risks for jobs that involve working from height and plan the work safely. Our health and safety experts have put together this simple checklist to help inform your working at height risk assessment.

Where possible it’s best to avoid working from height, as it’s one of the main causes of serious and fatal injuries in working environments. This isn’t realistic in some cases though, so identifying risks and putting in place control measures for working at height is vital. It includes for working up ladders, on scaffolding, in cranes, and anywhere else high.

You can create unlimited work at height risk assessments online for jobs that require it with our risk assessment software. Enjoy a free 15-day trial to see how quick and easy it is to get started. Otherwise, follow the steps laid out in the work at height risk assessment checklist created by health and safety professionals below.

Work at height risk assessment template

Save time with this free working at height risk assessment template. Simply answer all the questions to identify relevant hazards and use the results to inform any work at height risk assessment. This can help you introduce control measures for working at height to improve the safety of jobs and projects.

It’s your responsibility to ensure any work up high is properly planned, carried out, and supervised by professional and competent people. You must comply with the Working at Height Regulations 2005 to prevent the chance of death or injury for anyone working at any height. This includes working on fragile roofs but also operating above open ground.

There are all sorts of hazards such as poor weather, faulty equipment, and fall risks, while emergency planning is vital too. Follow this free working at height checklist to assess the environment and operations to protect your employees. Copy and paste the template and adapt to the needs of your organisation.

Working at height safety checklist

Answer all the following questions in this working at height safety checklist to help inform your risk assessments and plan for safe working practices up high.

Location of the proposed work at height:

  1. What is the type of work to be carried out at height?
  1. What are the ground conditions around the work area?
  1. What height is the proposed work to be carried out at?

Please state height:

  1. Does the work involve using:
  1. Can work at height be avoided by changing the procedures? (like assembly at ground level)
  2. How many people will need to gain access to the elevated position?
    Please state those who require access:
  3. How long is access at height required? (please insert time against period below)
  1. What is the most practical type of access equipment for this work?
  1. Are there other factors that could affect the safety of the workers or of others from falls or falling objects?
  1. Is the work at height likely to be affected by the weather conditions? (for work outdoors)
  1. If the work is to be carried out in hours of darkness, does lighting need to be installed?
  1. What degree of supervision is required?
  1. Has the physical health of workers been checked to ensure that they have the required physical stamina and agility to gain safe access to their work positions?
  2. What methods of evacuation need to be in place to ensure a safe rescue in the event of an emergency?
    Please state:
  3. What additional fall protection equipment is required? (collective fall protection should always be used in preference to individual protection)

Any identified working ta height hazards should be evaluated using a risk assessment. Start your free trial online for our health and safety software and create free working at height risk assessments using templates today.