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Working at Height Risk Assessment Templates

Proactively identify hazards and help reduce risks in one of the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities—working at height

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Published March 26th, 2020

What is Working at Height?

Working at height is the act of performing a task or a job that involves working on a surface where falling from an edge, opening, or a hole could cause injury. Working at height is one of the biggest causes of work-related injury and fatality that could be prevented with the proper precautions.

The Importance of Risk Assessments and Safety Inspections for Working at Heights

Performing risk assessments and safety inspections can help reduce risks associated with working at heights. There are regulations that require employers and self-employed contractors to conduct an assessment of risks involved with working at heights and prepare a plan to be implemented in order to prevent injuries and fatalities.

In this article, we discussed (1) strategic planning when working at heights that you can use for conducting risk assessments; (2) safety tips for working at height; (3) technology to identify working at height risks; and (4) a compilation of 7 best practice working at height templates that employers and contractors can use to improve safety when working at heights.

Strategic Planning When Working At Heights

Working Safely at Heights

Working At Heights Decision Making

The flow diagram above can be used when conducting a risk assessment for working at height to determine the appropriate safety measures to use when working at heights. It also provides recommendations on the type of fall protection equipment and systems to use if fall hazards are uncontrollable.

It is best to avoid working at heights unless necessary. Encourage your workers to use extended or long handled tools for hard to reach locations. If the work requires working at heights, first determine if falls and accidents are preventable. If so, proper equipment (i.e. Mobile Elevated Work Platforms, scaffolds, ladders, PPE) should be used and inspected at all times. If falls and accidents are not preventable or at risk of occurring then safety harnesses and fall protection landing gear should be installed.

General Safety Tips for Working at Height

  1. Avoid working at heights when possible
  2. Use an existing safe place of work
  3. Minimize fall distance and consequences by using the right type of equipment
  4. Select quality PPE which is regularly inspected
  5. Always use the rails and fall protection barriers
  6. Be mindful of the fall distance. Never overload and overreach
  7. Determine the best anchor point to support you
  8. Select the correct gear when working at heights (scaffold, lift, ladder)
  9. Consider emergency and rescue procedures
  10. Train your team to be safety conscious

Technology to Identify Working at Height Risks

Proactively catch working at height risks by conducting risk assessments using iAuditor, a powerful mobile inspection app. iAuditor allows you to take photos of risks to better describe what you’ve found and come up with action plans to mitigate them. Receive notifications on assigned corrective actions to ensure that they are being worked on. Save all findings in cloud storage for easy reference.


Sare Hawes

SafetyCulture staff writer