When carrying out such work, the importance of safely and efficiently when working at height is more critical than ever. With the ghost of Covid-19 still lurking, the last thing anyone wants is a visit to the Accident & Emergency wing of the local hospital, no matter what their injuries. So this is no time to take risks with the improper use of a ladder or pallets on fork lifts etc…
Thankfully there has never been more choice and small platforms have never been as widely available or as inexpensive. So there is no excuse not to plan work properly and to organise the best equipment for the job. Not only is it infinitely safer, but it will save time, result in better workmanship and with fewer people on the job, might help ensure social distancing.
A market in its infancy
Rules covering the temporary work at height have been changing steadily over the past 15 years, with an increased focus on the way work is carried out at lower levels. In Europe this was kick started by the implementation in 2005 of the European Council Directive 2001/45/EC minimum safety and health requirements for the use of equipment for work at height. This brought in a key change for most countries in that work at height rules now applied at any height, rather than the usual four to five metres (platform heights of 2-3m).
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