Under the Working at Height Regulations 2005, it is now the responsibility of
companies themselves to have a rescue plan in place in the event of a worker
falling or becoming incapacitated.
Companies with personnel working at height without a rescue plan in place face
possible prosecution by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which can lead to
a fine or even imprisonment. Harnesses and other fall protection equipment (FPE)
go a long way towards the safety of your staff whilst on site, but if a fall was to
occur the emergency services are no longer obliged to retrieve a person from a
fall arrest scenario.
There are many variables to consider when planning rescues and can vary from site
to site and can be very complex in their nature.
Taskmasters offer a consultancy service, where one of our surveyors will attend site
and complete a full report on the requirements of all workers working at height and
will provide a comprehensive rescue plan.