Every year literally hundreds of thousands of people work at height in a variety of industry sectors. Some are more obvious than others, such as construction, roofing and facilities management, but there are also countless others who work at height on a day-to-day basis – often without realising it – in shops, offices, factories and hospitals. The list is almost endless.
What they all have in common is risk. The risk of a fall that might kill them or leave them with serious life-changing injuries with potentially devastating consequences for their families, friends and work colleagues.
According to figures published by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), during the five-year period 2012/13 – 2016/17, falls from height in the workplace accounted for an average of 40 fatal injuries per year (28% of the total of 712 fatal injuries over this period).
Not just the most common cause of fatal injury, falls from height also accounted for an estimated 43,000 non-fatal injuries to workers each year – an average of 118 injuries every day.
The No Falls Foundation, in partnership with stakeholders such as the Access Industry Forum (AIF), other trade associations and professional bodies committed to advancing health and safety, has three distinct objectives: