Working at height
Working at height

The following PI & Clinical Negligence practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Working at height
  • Post 1 October 2013
  • Pre 1 October 2013
  • What is working at height?
  • To whom do the regulations apply?
  • Organising and planning the work
  • Risk assessment
  • Work equipment
  • Ladders
  • Fragile material
  • More...

Post 1 October 2013

On 1 October 2013, section 69 of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA 2013) came into force. For workplace accidents occurring from that date, civil liability no longer arises from a breach of health and safety statutory duty unless the relevant regulation provides for it. Practitioners now have to prove the common law of negligence. While it will no longer be appropriate to base a claim on the breach of a regulation, claimant practitioners are very likely to still refer extensively to the relevant statutory provisions (or at least recite what they say) as setting out the standards of care expected. Indeed, in many cases the regulations can be referred to (in statements of case) as setting out procedures for the identification and assessment of risk and the implementation of measures in the light of the assessment.

Claims should be based in negligence, relying on breach of a regulation as evidence of the negligence. The claimant will (usually) need to prove that the defendant failed to take all steps reasonably practicable to comply with the regulation. Defendant practitioners should be alive to this and any opportunities to argue that their client took all reasonable care.

In order to establish liability based on the common law the claimant will need to prove that the harm was foreseeable and that the common law

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