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Working at Height

Best Practice Guide

We take your safety very seriously and so Sandhurst has the right course to equip your workforce and management with the essential knowledge and skills for safe use of all our access equipment.

Our training courses covering Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), Mobile Access Towers and Ladders are designed to provide operators and equipment specifiers with the skills essential for their safe application and use.

Join us and help prevent accidents by enquiring or enrolling in a training course that meets your needs today.

Safety Harnesses

It is strongly recommended by IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard is used when working from a boom type mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).

Suitable harnesses and lanyards are available for sale.

Working at Height Regulations

As falls from height make up a very large proportion of injuries and fatalities in the workplace

We place user safety at the very top of our priority list for our products and services.

When using access equipment it’s essential to consider the safety of your colleagues, employees and working partners, as well as your own safety.

Important points extracted from the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005, have been briefly summarised below.

More information can be found by visiting: www.hse.gov.uk/falls

What is “Work at Height”?

A place is at height if a person could be injured if falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level.

“Work” includes moving around at a place of work eg. a person using a stepladder in the workplace would be working at height.

Do the Rules Apply to You?

Work at Height Regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall liable to cause personal injury.

Employers, the self employed and other persons who control the work of others ie Facilities Managers and Building Owners who may contract others to work at height are responsible to the extent they control the work.


You must comply with the following:

  • Ensure that the work is properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out in as safe a way as it is reasonably practical
  • Plan for emergencies or rescues
  • Take account of the risk assessment carried out under regulation 3 of the management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations

Product Selection

When hiring access equipment from us, it’s important to consider the key elements of your working environment.

Are you working internally or externally?

  • When working internally with powered equipment opt for zero emissions (electric)
  • For external work or where there are no charging options close by, diesel powered equipment is usually the best option
  • Consider a bi-energy machine for benefits of both diesel and electric machines

What height do you need to reach?

  • If you don’t need to reach over anything, a scissor lift may be the best option depending on the height you need to reach
  • If working over racking and shelving, mast booms are a good option
  • If accessing an area up and over obstacles, articulated booms provide a versatile solution

Do you need to reach over anything?

  • Measure the height you need to reach and specify equipment accordingly.
  • Maximum platform and working heights are stated in this guide for your safety and convenience
  • For continuous working or strenuous tasks it is most efficient to work at hip height. This should be taken into account when choosing a machine
  • If you require a powered boom, remember as you use more outreach your maximum working height will be diminished
  • Always check the working envelope diagrams to ensure your job is within reach

How long do I need a machine for?

  • Your workload, usage and equipment rental period will influence equipment choice. Scissors and booms are better suited to longer rental periods
  • Our access equipment can be hired from a single day to several years