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Emergency Planning & Preparedness

Part One

If your business requires workers to access or carry out work at height or enter a confined space, then you will be already aware of the statutory duties owed and an appropriate emergency plan in place as defined in the following legislation:

  • Work at Height Regulations 2005 Regulation 4 states ‘Organisation and Planning’
  • Confined Space Regulations 1997 Regulation 5 records ‘Emergency arrangements’

Most of us are aware of the fact that Work at Height remains the number one cause of fatalities year on year as the HSE statistics. With the construction industry being the highest risk and with more fatalities.

Putting legal compliance aside, we also have a moral duty to protect our people in-line with what our society also expects. We then have the sweat, tears, hard work and investment that built the business over the years to be potentially left in jeopardy because we failed to plan or test the ‘effectiveness’ of the emergency plan was not considered, denial or naivety that any such unfortunate event could possibly happen to your business.

Lastly, no company ever wants a friendly enforcement officer issuing prohibition notices, carrying out an investigation and charging you fees for intervention. After the reality of the unforeseen event there is the impact on morale and the trip to court or which comes with unwanted but free publicity that our suppliers, clients and partners get to read about. Lastly, we can start to add up the insured and un-insured costs.

Deryl Smith