The Work at Height Regulations 2005, and as amended, the Work at Height (Amendment) Regulations 2007 apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.
Work at Height is defined as a place ‘at height’ if (unless these Regulations are followed) a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level. The Work at Height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.
The Work at Height Regulations state that a ladder should be used only when all other safer alternatives for work at height have been ruled out. It is paramount that users ensure safe use of ladders.
The risk assessment must indicate that the task is low risk and of short duration. A ladder must never be used as a work platform. The ladder must be secured with a provision available for a hand hold.
The user is to be competent and the equipment must be in good serviceable order.
Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWP) cover machinery including scissor lifts and cherry pickers as the popular descriptions of such equipment.
Generally these are used for short term work at height situations with consideration under both the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) Regulations and Work at Height Regulations for safe system of working. Further examples where regulations can cross refer / relate.
Usually these are used as part of a safe system of work, but are only considered safe where a Risk Assessment has identified it as the appropriate piece of equipment. Such equipment is usually “on hire” so therefore it is essential that there is written documentation of the service /maintenance and that all checks / inspections are in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations available. Daily checks should be carried out by the competent person using /supervising the equipment.
Adequate training and maintenance records must be retained.