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February 2, 2018

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Inquiry

MP calls for written submissions to working at height inquiry

Alison Thewliss, the chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on working at height has ‘urged’ businesses to engage with the inquiry ahead of the deadline for responses next month.

Thewliss told SHP that the APPG had been ‘delighted’ with the initial responses that it had received so far.

She said: “There is a clear acknowledgement that even one death or serious injury resulting from a fall from height is too many.

“This report and the ongoing work of the APPG will provide workable recommendations to ensure everyone working at height can return home safely, highlighting the best practice from all industries.

“With just a few weeks until 02 March, the closing date for written submissions, I would urge any businesses involved in working at height to engage with the inquiry”.

Inquiry timelines

The timeframe for the APPG are:

  • 2nd March 2018: Deadline for written evidence submissions
  • Week Commencing 26th March 2018: Oral evidence session in Parliament
  • Week Commencing 14th May 2018: Publication of the report and evidence submitted to government and Health and Safety Executive

How to submit

There are a number of ways in which to submit evidence:

By Post:

Working at Height APPG

32-34 Great Peter Street

London

SW1P 2DB

By email: [email protected]

Visit online: https://workingatheight.info

Barbour download: Guide to working at height

Work at any height can cause injury; a fall from a height of just one or two steps can cause serious injury.

The Regulations were amended in 2007 to extend their application to those who work at height providing instruction or leadership to one or more people engaged in caving or climbing by way of sport, recreation, team building or similar activities in Great Britain.

Download your free guide from Barbour to understand: Duties of persons in control of work at height; Duties of persons undertaking work at height; General controls when working at height; Method statement for work at height; Selection of a means of access; Working platforms; Guardrails and toeboards; Ladders Mobile work platforms; Suspended access equipment; Personal suspension equipment and, Inspection of fall arrest equipment.

Barbour EHS

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