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Document ID (ISN)108541
CIS number 08-1196
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 521
Author(s) Wearing S., Peebles L., Jefferies D., Lee K., Anjorin E.
Health and Safety Executive
Title First evaluation of the impact of the work at height regulations. First evaluation of the removal of the "two metre rule"
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. iv, 343p. Illus. 135 ref.
Internet access http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr521.pdf [in English]
Abstract The Work at Height (WAH) Regulations were introduced in the United Kingdom in 2005. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of the new Regulations, in particular with respect to the removal of the two metre rule for construction work. This rule required employers to use specific control measures for construction work that presented a risk of people falling two or more metres. The first stage of the study was conducted prior to the introduction of Regulations and the second stage was conducted one year after the Regulations were introduced. Data were collected by means of literature surveys and reviews of accident statistics, followed by panel discussions, interviews and site visits in the key sectors where falls from heights hazards are present. Findings are discussed. Changes to working practices were made as a result of the Regulations, with a reduction in the use of ladders and in increase in the use of scaffolds and platforms for work activities below two metres.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; work at height; plant safety and health organization; falls from heights; legislation
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; analysis of accident causes; public OSH institutions; report; comment on law; scaffold platforms; job study; safe working methods; ladders
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights