Working at height carries with it inherent dangers. And when accidents do happen, they can be serious.
That’s why we have launched Safe Working at Height Week (7-13 November). It’s a major new initiative bringing together the professionals from across the built environment, trade bodies, and government policy-makers, to highlight the key issues surrounding both current practice and future developments in safe working at height.
During the week, we’ll be running digital events and publishing content on safe working at height topics, including webinars, articles, technical resources, surveys, social media campaigns, and more. All this will be promoted to our email database of around 60,000 construction professionals.
You can get involved by showing your support here.
Safe Working at Height Week is supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), and the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC).
Construction’s biggest killer
While falls from height accounted for 20% of non-fatal injuries to construction workers in 2020/21, they result in a much higher proportion of fatal injuries.
In fact, falls from height were still the main cause of construction workplace deaths in 2020/21. Of 40 fatal accidents during that year, 21 involved a fall from height – that’s more than half of all deaths in the sector.
- To spread the message of safe working at height to all built environment audiences
- To highlight the need to continue to focus on this critical issue to government policy makers
- To showcase the use of new technologies and innovations to make people safer at work
- To identify and disseminate best practice
- To gauge current attitudes among built environment professionals to safe working at height