Workers performing their duties at height should be particularly careful. According to the Central Statistical Office, falls from height account for up to 30% of all accidents at work in Poland. It is the responsibility of the employer and the employee to take special care when working at height.
In order for a worker to be able to carry out work at height, they must undergo the appropriate altitude course teaching the basics of performing duties at height. In doing so, there are two types of courses: rope access and construction access.A properly trained worker with a entitlements to work at height should know how to behave when carrying out duties at height. Inadequate mountaineering work, lack of or incomplete training are among the serious problems behind accidents at height.

The main causes of falls from height relate to:

  • low risk awareness
  • starting work at height without proper planning
  • inadequate communication of risks to workers, which includes failure to provide them with proper instructions and training
  • inadequate supervision of the carrying out of work at height
  • work at height without fall protection equipment
  • failure to use or improper use of protective equipment by workers

The most common causes of fall-related accidents at work are:

  • inappropriate behaviour of employees at work due to irresponsibility or lack of health and safety training
  • absence or poor condition of protective devices
  • inadequate organisation and coordination of the works
  • tolerance of deviations from the basic rules by direct supervision of OSH

The basis for the absence of accidents is therefore properly planned, safe work at height - height qualifications are very important here, but equally important is the right work culture for employees.

It is also important to remember that people working as industrial climbers or construction workers working at height should attend refresher training courses that update them on the regulations and techniques used when working at height.

More information:

Work at height - basic information

 

The most common causes of falls from a height

 

high-altitude works in Warsaw

Personal protective equipment when working at height

 

mountaineering course to prepare for work at height

Work on poles, masts, tower structures, chimneys, building structures without ceilings

 

mountaineering course to prepare for work at height

Altitude course