Falling from height is the single biggest killer of workers in the UK across all industry sectors. The Working at Height Regulations 2005 are generic and cover all working at height and types of access equipment. The regulations require that every employer should ensure that no person engages in any activity, including organisation, planning, and supervision, in relation to working at height or work equipment for use in such work unless he is competent to do so, or if being trained, is being supervised by a competent person.
There are additional requirements to the Regulations for personal fall protection systems which require the user and a sufficient number of available persons to have received adequate training specific to the operations envisaged, including rescue procedures.
The HSE regards Working at Height training and accreditation schemes drawn up by trade bodies and training bodies as sufficient proof of competence for a given piece of work equipment.