In many jobs, workers find themselves working at height and this obviously involves significant risks. In fact, it is possible to say that the so-called work at height sector is considered one of those most exposed to high risk scenarios and situations.
Given the gravity and weight of the responsibilities that cover work at height, regulations have been specifically designed to make it possible to make the correct risk assessments and to adopt the necessary prevention and safety measures.
In this article we see what the current legislation is for work at height, how to carry out a risk assessment and what is the minimum reference height according to the laws in force.
Definition of work at height
Obligations of the employer
The minimum height for work at height, according to art. 107 of Legislative Decree 81/08, is from 2 meters or more, calculated from any floor considered as stable.
The only activities that do not follow this evaluation are:
Work at height: obligations of the employer and legislation
As mentioned above, work at height is regulated by specific legislation that provides a definition, establishes the laws and defines the obligations covered by the employer.
Definition of work at height:
Work at height is considered to be all those work activities carried out at a height of more than two meters, which therefore expose the worker to the risk of falling. Among the different activities contemplated by the definition, excavation activities that involve depths greater than the one mentioned are also included.
When referring to work at height, the legislation to be taken into consideration is Title IV, Chapter II of Legislative Decree 81/08.
The legislation relating to work at height illustrates all the rules relating to the prevention of accidents. These measures include:
Obligations of the employer:
The Safety Manager and / or the employer are the two possible figures responsible for protecting the safety of workers. For this reason, all civil and criminal responsibilities fall on them.
The person responsible for safety at work is a person designated to manage and coordinate all the activities envisaged for the protection and prevention of risks. For this reason, his duties and responsibilities include:
A correct risk assessment for work at height finds its starting point in identifying the possible risks that the worker may encounter:
A correct risk assessment includes, in addition to risks, also programming and security planning: let’s see what it is.
Programming and planning play a central role in occupational safety: they make it possible to organize and adopt all the necessary preventive safety measures. In detail, we are therefore talking about the organizational measures and PPE useful for lowering the risks to the minimum level.
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