Working at height

Most major injuries in schools are caused by ‘low’ falls (below two metres) and involve stairs. But other activities are also involved, such as falls from desks or chairs while putting up displays and falls from ladders while putting up stage lighting.

Falls can and do happen anywhere in schools. They are most likely to happen when staff are under pressure such as towards the end of term and staff can be more at risk in older schools, as they may have high ceilings, stone stairs that can become slippery and windows that do not open easily.

Working at height arrangement

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The links, guidance and example risk assessments below will help to identify and manage the risks from working at height in schools.

Example risk assessments

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Last updated: 04 Sep 2023