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Document ID (ISN)104238
CIS number 05-453
ISBN(s) 0-7176-6129-6
Year 2005
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 356
Author(s)
Health and Safety Executive
Title New perspective on falls from height - Identifying high profile areas for intervention
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2005. xix, 434p. Illus. 8 ref. Price: GBP 35.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr356.pdf [in English]
Abstract This report describes a study into the risks associated with, and underlying causes of, falls from height. The data set contains details of 91,000 accidents reported under RIDDOR between 1996/97 and 2002/03. Around 54,000 of these are low-level falls, 18,000 are high-level falls, and the rest are unclassified. This set is used to identify key risks where future risk controls may best be targeted and to establish a baseline from which future improvements may be measured. The largest number of falls are reported in the service industries, followed by the construction and manufacturing industries. The highest accident rates are reported in agriculture and construction, where the injuries are also typically more severe. Key risk areas are identified as being goods drivers falling from vehicles during loading and unloading and electrical fitters falling from ladders. Risk registers contain information on the underlying causes of the key risks.
Descriptors (primary) statistics; falls from heights; causes of accidents
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; United Kingdom; ladders; statistical trends; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights