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Last updateMon, 12 Nov 2018 2pm

Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height.

The newly formed APPG for Working at Height, chaired by Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss and supported by PASMA, launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur as a result of a fall from height.

Over 30 industry stakeholders attended the launch on the 12th December, and along with MPs Kevin Foster and Alison Thewliss, took part in a wide ranging discussion about the key issues and the scope for the inquiry. 

The inquiry will be open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until February 6th 2018. The APPG will consider evidence and develop a report and recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

In 2016/2017, 18% of those who died at work were killed as a result of a fall from height. PASMA, and the Access Industry Forum, believes that there are a number of issues that should be addressed urgently to reduce these figures. These include better collection of statistics relating to workplace falls, more in-depth investigations and raising awareness of the dangers of working at height.

The APPG will be seeking answers to the following questions: 

  • In your opinion, what are the primary reasons for falls, or falling objects, which cause serious injuries or fatalities when working at height?
  • Do you have any comments about the existing regulations for work at height, as set out in the Work at Height Regulations, 2005?
  • Are there specific measures you believe are necessary to prevent falls, or falling objects, from height which are not currently required by law?
  • What more can industry do to avoid falls from height, and share good practise?  
  • What role should end users/customers have in ensuring safe work at height?
  • Would you support enhanced reporting of falls from height as a way of better understanding the causes and helping to reduce falls from height?
  • Do you believe the current definition of competence for working at height is appropriate?
  • Can you propose any innovative suggestions, particularly using digital technology, which could have a positive effect on reducing falls / falling objects from height?
  • Please add any additional comments or specific cases studies you have which may be relevant

Alison Thewliss, Chair of the APPG for Working at Height said: “That 18% of people killed at work did so as a result of a fall from height is a shocking statistic. The APPG for Working at Height has brought together concerned MPs from several parties to investigate the reasons for falls from height and ensure current regulations are sufficient for protecting workers at height in the UK.”

Peter Bennett, Managing Director of PASMA said: “Although the number of overall workplace deaths has decreased since 2015, nearly one in five of those who lost their lives last year died as a result of a fall from height.

“The Access Industry forum, and PASMA are glad to support the work of this new APPG, which aims to shine a light on the reasons for falls from height in the workplace. We look forward to seeing its recommendations to the Health and Safety Executive on how the number of people and families affected by falls from height can be further reduced. 

“I would urge all organisations engaged in working at height to submit evidence to this inquiry – and help to ensure that all of those who work at height return home safely every day.”

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