The newly-formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities, which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.
The inquiry is open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until Friday, March 2, 2018. The APPG has two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.
In 2016/17, 18% of those who died at work did so as a result of a fall from height. PASMA, together with the Access Industry Forum (AIF) – the forum for 11 trade associations and federations involved in work at height – believes that there are many issues that need to be urgently addressed to reduce these figures.
These include: better collection of statistics relating to workplace falls; more in-depth investigations; raising awareness of the dangers of working at height; and the need to choose the most appropriate piece of access equipment for the job.
Alison Thewliss, chair of the APPG for Working at Height, said: “That 18% of people killed at work did so because of a fall from height is a shocking statistic. The APPG for Working at Height has brought together concerned MPs from several parties to investigate the reasons for falls from height and ensure current regulations are sufficient for protecting workers at height in the UK.”
Peter Bennett, managing director of PASMA, added: “Although the number of overall workplace deaths has decreased since 2015, nearly one in five of those who lost their lives last year died because of a fall from height.
“PASMA and the AIF are glad to support the work of this new APPG, which aims to study and examine the reasons for falls from height in the workplace. We look forward to seeing its recommendations to the Health and Safety Executive on how the number of people and families affected by falls from height can be further reduced.
“I would urge all organisations engaged in working at height to submit evidence to this inquiry – and help to ensure that all of those who work at height return home safely every day.”
To submit evidence to the inquiry, please visit https://workingatheight.info/