(Toolbox Talk) Working at Height, Avoiding Falls from Vehicles

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Working at height avoiding falls from vehicles


The aim of this toolbox talk is to increase staff awareness of the hazards associated with working at height. More specifically, how to avoid falling from vehicles.

The use of regular toolbox talks, if done effectively, will significantly improve the safety culture within your organisation. This will increase the safety awareness of the workers, and as a result reduce the likelihood of accidents and unsafe occurrences.

Legislation references

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005

Work at height awareness

Working at height is a hazardous work activity…

  • Average of 5 fatalities per annum
  • Serious injuries include broken arms, legs, ribs and other fractures
  • Many accidents result in weeks off work
  • Many falls are from low levels

Aim of the regulations

  • Reduce the incidence of falls from vehicles
  • Make you think about safe means of access
  • Allow suggestions to be made for improvements

Strategy to reduce the risks

  • Avoid the need to work on the vehicle
  • Prevent falls from the vehicle
  • Minimise the effect of a fall if it should occur

Employees responsibilities

  • Think! Climb DO NOT jump
  • ‘See it – sort it’: clear any slip or trip hazards – packaging, spills, ropes or banding
  • Report issues you cannot deal with – such as damage or poor design
  • Wear safety footwear appropriate for the job
  • Observe good practice and report back any issues
  • Got a good idea? Let it be heard!
  • Got a problem? Let it be heard!

Work on or around vehicles

Accessing the load areas:

  • Only when essential
  • Use handrails and grabs
  • Do not use under-run bars
  • Use steps or platforms

Working on the vehicle:

  • Keep the bed clean and tidy
  • Follow procedures for loading and unloading

Getting off the vehicle:

  • Never jump – climb down facing the vehicle
  • Use any access equipment provided

For more information about working at height, visit our Introduction to Working at Height post.