When considering which type of safety equipment to use, the HSE advise a variety of options you could consider. First you should consider if working at height could be avoided completely. Could alternative options such as extendable equipment or pre-assembled structures on the ground be used instead?

If working at height cannot be avoided, the first consideration should be to use collective fall protection equipment to provide protection for anyone who has to work at height.

There is a simple hierarchy for managing and selecting equipment for working at height. Duty holders must:

  • avoid working at height where they can
  • use work equipment or other measures to prevent falls where they cannot avoid working at height; and where they cannot eliminate the risk of a fall, use work equipment or other measures to minimise the distance and consequences of a fall should one occur.