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Why complying with the work at height regulations is so important

February 02, 2020

All work at height in the UK is regulated by the Work at Height Regulations 2005, put in place to “prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height. You can read them here or for a summary read our blog, ‘what are the regulations around working at height’ here. Below we look at why complying is so important to you and your business. 

Keep you safe

Everyone has a right to be safe while at work, and failure to comply with the regulations is failing to ensure just that – it puts everyone at risk. And it’s not only you and your employees, anyone passing by is at risk of harm if something goes wrong. Following the guidelines won’t stop every accident, some are unavoidable, but it will reduce the likelihood.

Prevent costly damage

Accidents don’t just hurt people; they cause expensive damage to equipment, buildings, and general surroundings as well. Staying safe and working within the confines of the regulations limits the likelihood of problems occurring, preventing you from having to spend your hard-earned profits on fixing breakages. It will also keep you from suffering delays and downtime because of out-of-action equipment.

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Avoid hefty fines

Whether an accident occurs or not, if you breach the Work at Height Regulations 2005, you’re liable to substantial fines that will massively cut into your profits. You can see a whole list of examples of breaches on the HSE website.

Maintain a strong business reputation

Businesses rely on reputations with clients looking to work with reputable companies that focus on people and safety. Having your name in the news for breaching health and safety regulations or because of an accident will likely cost your business in the future, whether through lost clients or through top employees moving on to places they feel valued and safe.

Ensure your workers are happy and healthy

Mindset is important when thinking about employees. It’s no secret that those that feel valued and looked after work harder and are more invested in their work. Failing to adhere to regulations can cost you productivity as employees may rightfully refuse to work in unsafe conditions or if they do, they may not do the job properly or to as higher standard as you would like. Proper training and well-considered safety procedures increase productivity and ensure work is completed as it should be, with fewer mistakes.

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