• Common factors
• Safety of personnel on platform
• Safe use of scaffolds
• Scaffold inspection
• Protecting the Public
• How to prevent incidents
Awareness of risks involved in working at heights
and how these can be overcome.
Definition: 1.5 meters above working platform
In 2007/2008 67 people died and nearly
4000 suffered a serious injury as a result
of a fall from height in the workplace.
In 2007/2008 53 people died and nearly
• Failure to provide safe systems of work
• Failure to ensure that safe systems of work are
• Failure to use appropriate equipment.
• Failure to provide safe plant/equipment.
Safety of personnel on platform
Work at height should be carried out from
a platform with suitable edge protection.
Ladders can only be used as a mean of
getting to a workplace.
Safe use of scaffolds:
• Do not alter the scaffolding to gain access for
• Erection and alteration should only be made by a
competent scaffolding team.
• Never work on platforms that are not fully
• Do not overload platforms (spread load evenly).
▼Scaffolds must be inspected and certified by a
competent scaffolding supervisor.
• Before first use;
• After substantial alteration;
• At regular intervals.
▼Any faults found must be reported.
▼Scaffolding ladders should be in a good condition and
▼They should be secured so they cannot slip.
▼They should be protruding the platform.
▼The ladder should be angled to minimize the risk of
Protecting the public
▼Ensure the working platform is designed to
carry the load from stored materials and
▼Platforms/scaffolding should be designed
to prevent materials falling.
▼Never ‘bomb’ materials from height.
To prevent these incidents
• Apply the 3 point rule.
• Use fall protection equipment.
• Develop and encourage a culture of intervention.
• Make sure the employees comply with safe working
Case Study – Recent Incident
October 4, 2005 - Sakhalin Energy
Fatality from a fall from the platform access ladder
Location of the landing
The access ladders