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18 April 2017

Do you know how to select the right safety harness, and ensure it's OK to use?

In the work at height hierarchy collective equipment is preferable to personal, but if personal protective equipment is needed, you must know how to inspect and use it properly.

5 April 2017

Do you know the difference between a risk assessment and a dynamic one?

Our planning work at height blog, looks at the importance of carrying out dynamic risk assessments alongside regular risk assessments.

22 March 2017

Part 1 of our new series on the most important aspects of working at height

Most contractors and workers know the importance of planning work at height properly, but do they know to put this knowledge into practice?

10 March 2017

Safesite offers several solutions for safe roof maintenance

As we leave the cold winter behind us, landlords and business owners once again begin to inspect the damage the freezing weather has wrought on their premises.

22 February 2017

Following simple, competent advice can keep you or your workers from becoming a statistic.

The second part of our blog series on how to avoid serious injury, or worse, to you and your team when working at height.

8 February 2017

Simple advice can prevent serious issues

Falls through roof lights or from fragile roofs can often change, and even end lives, but these can be easily avoided by following competent guidance.

27 January 2017

Ensuring competency and organisation when working at height

A Crown Court ​case which saw 3 companies fined a total of £400,000 for a worker's fall through a fragile roof has highlighted the importance of following CDM Regulations.

6 December 2016

Rescue training

When working at height, you must make sure all managers, supervisors and operatives are training on rescue

29 November 2016

Equipment training

Anyone working at height must be trained on the correct use of equipment and PPE

24 November 2016

Lack of training led to fall

We often read about lack of training being the cause of a fall from height. Our latest Blog series discusses the different training requirements for those managing or working at height.

8 November 2016

Did they really think these were installed correctly?

Unfortunately we come across a lot of guardrail installations that have been clearly carried out by those who are not competent. Here are just a few of the disasters we've seen.

4 November 2016

Ensuring rooflight covers prevent a fall

The ACR Red Book outlines tests for roof structures and assemblies to determine their fragility.

26 October 2016

Ensuring systems are safe to use

Once a fall protection system has been installed it needs to be inspected at least once a year by a competent person or company.

10 October 2016

Guardrail standards and regulations

Second part of our Blog series looks at EN 14122-3 and when you should apply the Work at Height Regulations rather than the Building Regulations.

3 October 2016

Standards and regulations explained

What standards and regulations need to be considered when specifying guardrails for permanent or temporary edge protection.

4 July 2016

Accessing a roof safely

Our latest Blog looks at what form of roof access is best, MEWPs, ladders, access scaffolds or roof hatches?

30 June 2016

Seen on site

Some examples of unsafe fall protection we've seen on site which shows why you need to ensure your systems are installed and inspected by a competent company or person.

14 June 2016

Hooped ladders and fall arrest system

What happens if someone is attached to a fall arrest system and falls while on a hooped or caged ladder?

9 May 2016

Carrying out a rescue at height

Do you know how to rescue someone at height and what the medical considerations are?

3 May 2016

Work at height rescue

Do you know what to do if someone falls from height and needs to be rescued?

21 April 2016

Work at height rescue planning

This video shows why you really shouldn't hang around when it comes to rescue planning

12 April 2016

A simple harness guide

Harnesses are a crucial part of fall protection systems so ensuring a harness is safe to use and fitted correctly is essential.

7 April 2016

Saved by their harnesses

This is a perfect example of why you should use a fall protection system when working at height

1 April 2016

How not to demolish a building

This recent video went viral when people couldn't believe what they were seeing - but is this really any different to some working practices we see over in the UK?

17 March 2016

Working safely off ladders

I couldn't believe what I was seeing. Definitely how NOT to work safely off a ladder.

29 February 2016

Fall through fragile barn roof

The recent prosecution of a scaffolding company after a worker suffered life changing injuries highlights the importance of ensuring work on fragile roofs is safe.

12 February 2016

Misunderstanding what insurance cover means

Steven Kilpin, Recertification Manager at Safesite explains why you may not be covered if your insurance company inspects your fall protection system.

18 December 2015

12 'elf n safety' myths

The HSE has compiled a list of the top twelve festive myths surrounding health and safety, together with the real HSE position on the issue

26 November 2015

The importance of fall protection systems

Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI

6 October 2015

Safety for those working at height is essential

Jason Godfrey from Safesite discusses the importance of fall protection in the November issue of RCI

29 September 2015

Importance of annual guardrail inspections

Why you should have your collective protection such as guardrail systems inspected annually by a competent person

17 September 2015

Incorrect eyebolt installation

Installing eyebolts in load bearing solid masonry and in accordance with BS 7338

2 September 2015

Benefits of safety gates

How using self closing safety gates can help you to follow best practice and comply with current legislation such as BS EN 14122 and BS 4211.

12 August 2015

Inspecting fixed ladders

What do we look for when inspecting and recertifying a fixed ladder?

5 August 2015

Unsafe fixed ladders

Why you need to have your fixed ladders inspected and certified annually

15 July 2015

Bespoke access platforms and step-overs

Safesite Blog looking at the difference between fabricated and modular bespoke access platforms and step-overs.

6 April 2015

how to work safely off ladders

Simple guide outlining how to select the right ladder for specific tasks, and how to work safely off that ladder

30 March 2015

More of your questions answered

Did you know you can have coloured guardrail? We answer more of your edge protection questions.

23 March 2015

We answer your questions

Does rooftop guardrail need to be fixed permanently to the roof structure? More of your edge protection questions answered

16 March 2015

How high should guardrail be?

Ever wondered if you can fold a guardrail down? These and more questions are answered in our latest Q&A series

9 March 2015

Putting the record straight

Ladders are banned on site, we set the record straight on this and other work at height misconceptions

9 February 2015

We went for the cheaper option

When it comes to fall protection systems, should you really base your selection on price?

19 January 2015

Assessing dangers at height

Final part of our Blog series on planning work at height looks at dynamic risk assessments and how these can help to ensure that work at height is carried out safely

12 January 2015

Ensuring safety at height

You need to carefully plan any work at height to make sure it's carried out safely. This week we look at work at height policies, audits and assessments

15 December 2014

Ensuring safety at height

All too often we see people working at height with little or no protection. You have a duty to ensure the health and safety of employees and contractors who carry out work on your behalf.

11 November 2014

Are they safe to work at height?

When employing someone to work at height you must make sure they're competent to do the work. But do you know what to look for to ensure competency?