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Work at height environment

Hazard Knowledge

A fire and rescue service may be required to attend and respond to a wide range of incidents at height involving a variety of environments, such as:

  • Above and below ground
  • The built environment, including buildings, buildings under construction and open structures
  • Natural environments such as steep ground, rock faces, excavations or sink holes

Working at height can be complex and will require risk assessment, planning (which must include provision for emergency and rescue), provision of appropriate training and equipment and adequate supervision. Fire and rescue personnel must understand the significant hazards and risks associated with the physical environment when working at height, which may include: