Working at Height

“Working at height comes with risks. It’s a regretful reality that working from height has been – and remains – the main cause of fatalities in the construction sector, with some 29 workers having lost their lives due to a fall from height from 2019 to August 2020. As such, any opportunity for collaboration, learning, and reflection on the subject should be embraced.

Our Working at Height campaign (28 Sept – 2 Oct 2020) would not have been possible without likeminded colleagues, who are all committed to reducing the number of injuries and fatalities caused by falls. Our thanks go to Jason Anker, No Falls Foundation, Kentec, PASMA, The Ladder Association, Access Industry Forum, HSS Training, and IPAF for their input and support.”

– James Filus, Director, and Marc Allen, President of the NAS

Working at Height

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Headline statistics from the HSE ‘Workplace Fatal Injuries in Great Britain 2020’ Annual Report

  • 111 workers killed in the workplace in 2019/20 (RIDDOR) – down from 147 in 2018/19 
  • Falls from height remain the main cause of fatal accident with 29 out of these 111 workers killed due to a fall from height – down from 40 in 2018/19
  • The Construction sector still accounts for the largest number of fatalities at 40 – up from 30 in 2018/19
  • Since 2015, 171 workers have died after falling from height (of which 55% were employed and 45% were self-employed workers).

Other statistics

  • It is estimated that over a million businesses and 10 million workers carry out some form of work at height every year (source: APPG Inquiry Report)
  • It is estimated that, in the UK, around 2 million ladders are in use on a daily basis (source: Ladder Association)
  • In 2019 74,000 delegates sat the PASMA training course, Towers for Users (source: PASMA)
  • Over 10,000 ladder safety packs by the Ladder Association have been downloaded from the ‘Get a Grip’ website since August 2018 (source: Ladder Association).

Jason Anker MBE was paralysed from the waist down due to an avoidable incident on a construction site in 1993 when he fell off a ladder. He was only 24 years old and married with two children. 

As part of the NAS Working at Height campaign, we were honoured to have Jason share his story with us, and he expressed how he strongly believes the mental health problems he was experiencing at the time of his accident played a pivotal role in the poor safety decision he made that day.

You can find out more about him on his website, Jason Anker Live, and his company websites, Proud2BeSafe Motivational Speakers and Anker & Marsh.

Jason is an ambassador for the No Falls Foundation – the only charity dedicated to the working at height sector. 

NAS Approved Training Providers who offer Working at Height Courses 

HSS Training Working at Height courses

HSS Training, IPAF courses


Kentec Training Working at Height courses

Kentec Training, IPAF courses

Five Minutes With Steve Booker, MD of Kentec Training.

To support this campaign, Kentec have offered the following: “We feel it is important to ensure NAS members feel supported during this campaign and know what their next steps could be to make them safer and/or more compliant. 

As such we have decided that we would like to offer the opportunity for your members to register for Kentec Training to carry out a full training needs analysis for their organisation free of charge and support them moving forward in building safety as a key feature within their business. There will also be subsequent discount for those who choose us as their training provider.”

For advice and guidance on Working at Height related training, get in touch with our Training Manager on NAS members can access this training at preferential rates.

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide.

IPAF website
IPAF Toolbox Talks
IPAF Training

HSS Training, IPAF courses
Kentec Training, IPAF courses

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) is the international not-for-profit association for the mobile access tower industry.

PASMA Website
PASMA Training
Toolbox Talk
PASMA Newsletter

With around two million ladders in daily use across the UK, the Ladder Association is home to all the vital guidance and training needed to help ensure work at height is as safe as possible.

Ladder Association Website

Get a Grip campaign and Free Ladder Safety Pack
Updated Safety Guidance for Portable Ladders

Check a Ladder Association Photo Card
Five Minutes With Gail Hounslea, Chairman of the Ladder Association

The forum for working at height, the Access Industry Forum (AIF) represents the eleven principal trade associations and federations involved in work at height.

Access Industry Forum Website

Safety Steps guidance documents
All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height (of which AIF is a member)

The No Falls Foundation is the only charity dedicated to the work at height sector. Their strapline issaving lives by stopping falls”.

No Falls Foundation website
No Falls Foundation ambassadors who have each suffered a fall from height
No Falls Foundation newsletter, Saving Lives
How businesses and individuals can support the charity


For advice and guidance on Working at Height related training, get in touch with our Training Manager on NAS members can access this training at preferential rates.
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