Health and safety is regarded, and written into legislature, as one of the key aims of all working environments. Often, health and safety is something in the background, something which employees don’t have to make any conscious effort to adhere to. In construction, by contrast, health and safety should be at the forefront of everything workers do on site, simply because the construction sector is so especially dangerous.
There are lots of responsibilities here then. Employees have a responsibility to do their job with commitment and common sense, and also to report any issues they encounter, flag up any risks or report if they’re struggling with any aspect of work at height training.
The biggest responsibility falls on the employer however, and it’s their legal duty to ensure that equipment is adequately tested and assessed, and just importantly that workers on site are given access to adequate training in terms of how to use this equipment, safely and confidently.
The law is very specific about this, all employees, regardless of their industry, have clearly defined right pertaining to health and safety in the workplace. A failure to recognise these rights could lead to serious legal ramifications or more seriously to medical emergencies.
Height safety training is valuable, not only because it equips workers with practical knowledge about how to remain safe, but also because it helps workers better understand their legal rights when they are on site and working at heights.