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Five work at height myths that could put you in danger

Work at height is one of the most dangerous areas in which to work in the UK, and there are multiple myths and incorrect beliefs rife across the industry, which despite their apparent harmless and anecdotal nature, actually put workers at risk every day.

From misunderstandings about equipment to incorrect beliefs about how certain jobs should be carried out, many of these myths stem from out of date working practices or even personal opinions which are taken as fact.

When one of these myths is incorporated into a site, it can be difficult to get rid of, and even employees that know it is incorrect may find themselves put in the uncomfortable position of having to go along with work which has now been made dangerous by the incorrect beliefs of colleagues, or even supervisors.

In this blog, we take a look at some of the most common wrong beliefs which still persist, and hopefully give you the confidence to challenge these myths when they crop up.

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The work at height hierarchy explained

When talking about working safely at height, we often reference the ‘work at height hierarchy of controls’. But what exactly are we talking about?

The hierarchy is a set of guidelines laid out in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 which aims to reduce the number of accidents that occur when working at height.

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